Report: Phillies and Orioles discuss A.J. Burnett trade

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Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Talks have stalled elsewhere on the Phillies' trade board - Marlon Byrd and the Mariners appears dead, and Jonathan Papelbon is not showing up on many radars yet. But according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, A.J. Burnett is a target of the Orioles.

The talks were considered "very preliminary," which still puts them pretty far ahead of most talks the Phillies have had thus far regarding trades.

Burnett was just roughed up while pitching against the Braves in the Phillies' second half opener on Friday, giving up six earned runs in five innings of work. In a league-leading 21 starts (in which he faced a league-leading 590 battters), Burnett has thrown 136.2 innings, with a 4.08 ERA, 1.361 WHIP, and 113 strikeouts. His 58 walks lead the NL. 

Burnett has a pretty strict no-trade clause built into his deal with the Phillies, based around not wanting to play too far from his family. However, Baltimore is likely one of the few teams not on the list, as his family lives in Maryland.

The Phillies have mined the Orioles' farm system as recently as 2012, when they swapped Jim Thome out for pitcher Kyle Simon and catcher/first baseman Gabriel Lino.

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