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Braves to make a play for Burnett?

After trading for Javier Vazquez yesterday, it appears the Braves are not finished. A report in the New York Daily News has them preparing a five-year offer for Blue Jays righthander A.J. Burnett. The Phillies have kicked the tires on Burnett this offseason, just as they did around the trading deadline, but it isn't likely he'll land in Philly, and the rumored offer from the Braves is precisely the reason why. Burnett is young enough and talented enough to merit a long term deal such as the one the Braves are rumored to be preparing. I just don't see the Phillies doing something like that.

Braves to make a play for Burnett?

After trading for Javier Vazquez yesterday, it appears the Braves are not finished. A report in the New York Daily News has them preparing a five-year offer for Blue Jays righthander A.J. Burnett. The Phillies have kicked the tires on Burnett this offseason, just as they did around the trading deadline, but it isn't likely he'll land in Philly, and the rumored offer from the Braves is precisely the reason why. Burnett is young enough and talented enough to merit a long term deal such as the one the Braves are rumored to be preparing. I just don't see the Phillies doing something like that.

Derek Lowe might be a more realistic option, because it sounds like he'll take a shorter deal to head back to a World Series-caliber team. But I'd still be surprised if he ends up here.

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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