Valyekrin Posted July 13, 2005 Share Posted July 13, 2005 Burnett to Jays? By Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun DETROIT -- Will the Blue Jays add A.J. Burnett before the non-waiver trade deadline? Some baseball people say that the Jays are trying to acquire the Florida Marlins right-hander. The game plan all along has been for the Jays to add a player or players who are under contract for 2006. Burnett becomes a free agent two weeks after the World Series ends. The 6-foot-5 strikeout artist does have a relationship with Jays pitching coach Brad Arnsberg, who held the same position with the Marlins. The Arnsberg relationship with his former pitcher was supposed to be a reason why the Jays would sign free-agent righty Matt Clement after the 2004 season. Clement did what most people would do and went to the highest bidder, the Boston Red Sox, earning a berth in last night's all-star game. The Jays could use the final 2 1/2 months of the season to sell Burnett on pitching in Toronto and signing a long term as they do have the money. The Marlins are looking for pitching help and might take either lefty Ted Lilly or right-hander David Bush, who is now at triple-A Syracuse after being demoted. Another possibility might be moving closer Miguel Batista. Initially the Jays were not interested in giving up a player or players for someone they could sign in four months as a free agent. However, Roy Halladay breaking his left leg and missing at least a month may have changed matters. Burnett was 7-7 with a 3.68 earned run average in 2004 for the Marlins. In 18 starts he walked 38 and struck out 113. This season, Burnett, 28, is 5-5 in 17 starts with a 3.33 ERA. He has walked 40 and fanned 111 in 113 2/3 innings. Going after Burnett makes sense as the Jays chased right-hander Ben Sheets long and hard before the Milwaukee Brewers signed him to a long-term contract. http://torontosun.com/Sports/Baseball/2005...129458-sun.html Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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