Mookie4ever wrote:Are the Orioles out of the running for Burnett?
I thought that they had a very good shot at landing him.
I've started a couple of posts regarding the Orioles and there have been a couple of others as well (who knew the O's were so popular? Haha). I just had to throw that out there so I don't sound so redundant, but Burnett's wife is from the Baltimore area (Bowie, I believe). She would love to come back (Bowie is just as close to DC, and I believe the Nats had some talks with him as well).
With that said, the O's aren't appealed by the # of years Burnett is asking for or the asking price for that matter. Who knows though with the Orioles, they might just be reporting that. I thought all along that wherever BJ Ryan went would help dictate to some degree where Burnett might land. The Jays just "threw away" a boatload of cash (they were thought to be the front runner) and the Indians didn't get Ryan so now they have money to resign Millwood (whom the O's are also interested in). I dunno, I would definitely not be disappointed by the O's not signing Burnett. There is a lot of talk about Mazzone (no he's not the second coming) and I think Burnett could greatly benefit from him as well. Burnett has progressed with his control since his days of the "walk 7" No-no, but he's is erratic at best. I was at a game in Philly last year (scouting for the O's before the deadline, ) and he threw one pitch about 50 feet and one about 70. $10 mil a year for 5 years is quite a bit for the O's, especially with the pitchers hitting the market next year (supposing that their respective teams don't resign them).
The free agency class is much stronger for next year, and the O's have some key players to resign (Mora for starters!) We'll have to see soon what kind of role they play in the market this year. So far, there obviously hasn't been anything of note.
I just wish that the O's weren't in the same division as the Yanks and the Bosox. No, it's not because they are powerhouses!! It's because they come to Baltimore 3 times per year, all sellouts, and Angelos gets to line his pockets without putting a quality team on the field. Last year was the worst, the O's overachieved for the first half giving "Baltimorons" a false sense of hope increasing ticket sales. Angelos got his money, and the O's are in the same position they're always in, playing catch up.