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If Giles and Hoffman leave SD. Petco is going to make PNC looked packed.stumpak wrote:That's interesting that Hoffman is now apprently considered likely toleave San Diego.
...the type of husband and father and person he is.
Fri, November 18, 2005
Blue Jays acting fast on Burnett?
By MIKE GANTER, TORONTO SUN
The Blue Jays appear to be making a pre-emptive strike in a bid to land free-agent pitcher A.J. Burnett.
Sources told The Toronto Sun yesterday that the Jays have offered a five-year, $50-million US contract to the 28-year-old right-hander.
Burnett's agent, Darek Braunecker, would neither confirm nor deny that the Jays made an offer.
"What I will say is we have in hand two significant offers, but are still in the process of gathering information from all the interested parties," Braunecker said, adding that at no point in the negotiation process would he get into details of any offer he has received with the media.
"That will be up to the team involved -- whether or not they want to reveal that information," he said.
Braunecker said the number of interested teams in his client is down to nine teams including the Jays.
Originally, he had hoped to have all his information gathering completed by the American Thanksgiving (next Thursday) but has pushed that back to some point the following week.
"I don't think that (first deadline) is going to be possible any more," he said.
"We have talked with a few teams in the past few days. But with their schedules and our schedule, it's just not possible."
The five-year term of the offer is long for pitching contracts by today's standards, but it might be what it takes to get Burnett in a Jays uniform.
Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi is on record as saying he would like to get any free-agent deals done as soon as possible to allow him to concentrate on trades during the winter meetings from Dec. 5-8 in Dallas.
With the Florida Marlins last year, Burnett was 12-12 with a 3.44 ERA in 32 starts. He finished seventh in the National League in strikeouts with 198 in 209 innings.
Jays pitching coach Brad Arnsberg worked with Burnett when the two were in the Florida organization and they developed a strong bond that continued even after the latter was fired.
Other teams that are believed to be among the nine still in the hunt for Burnett are Baltimore, Texas, Seattle, Washington, Boston and St. Louis.
wrveres wrote:Orioles interested in Delgado
Marlins first baseman Carlos Delgado could replace Rafael Palmeiro in Baltimore if Orioles officials — currently divided over the idea — agree to give up a top pitching prospect, a baseball source said Thursday. The Marlins and Orioles have not yet discussed a trade, but Baltimore's front office has talked about it since at least the general managers' meetings in California last week. "Baltimore is seriously debating whether to get Delgado, but they are split over whether to pursue it,'' said the source, who was briefed on Baltimore's strategies
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