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Burnett on O's short list

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07:41 AM ET 01.08 | The clock ticks, nearing five weeks before pitchers and catchers report, and the question in Baltimore remains whether the Orioles will improve their starting rotation. The pitching market seemingly has been held hostage by the Tanaka situation, which should be resolved by Jan. 24, when his negotiation period ends. It's pretty obvious that teams have been reluctant to sign big-money starters with Tanaka still on the board. That should be cleared up soon. ... A.J. Burnett: The sense is that this is the guy the Orioles want, but he's their own personal Tanaka. They are waiting for the 37-year-old right-hander to decide whether he wants to pitch again. But here's the catch: there's no indication that his choice is Baltimore or retirement.

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A.J. Burnett, US Presswire A.J. Burnett, US Presswire
January 8, 2014  07:46 AM ET

Great stuff, super potential. When he figures a few things out, he'll dominate!

What, he's 37 years old??!!

This guy's a 0.500 pitcher. Always has been, always will be.

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January 8, 2014  08:39 AM ET

The O's have really set their sights low this offseason.

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January 8, 2014  09:08 AM ET

If I were an Oriole fan, I wouldn't be to pleased with the off season Dan Duquette has had thus far. AJ Burnett?

January 8, 2014  09:28 AM ET

So, the Orioles are targeting the same AJ Burnett that spent his last two years in the AL East getting bombed. Really?

January 8, 2014  09:29 AM ET

Hasn't he already stated it's Pittsburgh or retire?

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January 8, 2014  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Every time you mention Atro in these posts, I picture that scene in Billy Madison where Steve Buscemi is listening to ELO's Telephone Line and smearing lipstick all over his mouth.

Atro makes me think of Harry Dean Stanton doing doughnuts in his 50 foot long Chevy while snorting coke in Repo Man.

January 8, 2014  09:47 AM ET
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If I were an Oriole fan, I wouldn't be to pleased with the off season Dan Duquette has had thus far. AJ Burnett?

Didn't Dan say that Clemens was old and washed up when he was about 30?

January 8, 2014  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The O's have really set their sights low this offseason.

I think they're in on Mark Prior.

January 8, 2014  09:48 AM ET

Red flag should also come up on AJ knowing the Bucs pull the 37 year old starter out of their rotation in the Wild Card round against the Cardinals last year and started a rookie instead.

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January 8, 2014  09:57 AM ET
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Didn't Dan say that Clemens was old and washed up when he was about 30?

Ahhh...memories.

January 8, 2014  10:00 AM ET

Burnett is probably not looking forward to coming back for another year, let alone coming back to the AL East.

January 8, 2014  11:46 AM ET

They should give AJ a base line concussion test before they make any offer. He processes differently.

January 8, 2014  12:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Didn't Dan say that Clemens was old and washed up when he was about 30?

Yeah he managed to find the fountain of syringe......

January 8, 2014  02:15 PM ET

I would think any team would like a work horse like A.J.
30+ starts a year...200 innings a year...He could fit into just about any rotation.

January 8, 2014  02:24 PM ET
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Red flag should also come up on AJ knowing the Bucs pull the 37 year old starter out of their rotation in the Wild Card round against the Cardinals last year and started a rookie instead.

To be fair, that rookie was pitching pretty well. Giving up 7 runs in his previous 6 starts.
(although AJ did git lit up in his previous playoff game)

 
January 8, 2014  03:31 PM ET

Has to be very frustrating to be an O's fan. They had their best in attendance (2.3 million) since 2005, have a solid young core of players with Machado, Jones, Davis and Wieters and Angelos won't open up his wallet even a little to improve the roster, how pathetic.

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