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Phillies not likely to land A.J. Burnett

A.J. Burnett would have been a good acquisition for the Phillies. (Jeff Roberson/AP file photo)
A.J. Burnett would have been a good acquisition for the Phillies. (Jeff Roberson/AP file photo)

Things seem bleak for those hoping the Phillies could further solidify their rotation with a late winter deal.

A.J. Burnet, a resident of Baltimore County, made it clear that he had decided not to retire, after keeping teams on pins and needles through the offseason. The 37-year-old former Yankee and recent Pirate was focused on joining a team close to home, instantly making the Phillies and Orioles the top contenders. 

For the Phillies, Burnett (3.99 ERA, 1.315 WHIP), would make sense. He's pals with Assistant Phillies GM Scott Proefrock. His deal wouldn't cement the Phillies into anything long term. He'd be affordable. He's a legit starter that could provide one less question mark in the rotation.

But, via Jim Salisbury, we found out that wasn't going to happen.

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  • "I don’t suspect we’ll be doing anything,” he said Friday. “I think we’ve got what we’ve got."

    --Ruben Amaro, via CSN Philly

    This is a far cry from a more smug-sounding Amaro from a few weeks ago.

    "We've got stuff going on. We've got something for you - maybe."

    --Ruben Amaro, via Ryan Lawrence

    For now, though, it's back to silence.

    Justin Klugh Philly.com Sports
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