Reporters for both the Phillies (Jim Salisbury) and the Orioles (Roch Kubatko) are reporting that Burnett is not likely to sign with either club. The Phillies appear to not want to add any more big name pitching this late in the offseason, and Kubatko writes that Burnett may prefer to pitch in the Naitonal League.
Burnett, who announced last week that he will pitch in 2014 rather than retire, had been linked to Philadelphia and Baltimore, with the O’s being favorites as A.J. makes his home thirty minutes from Orioles Park at Camden Yards. Pittsburgh, with whom Burnett pitched last season, was not reported to be in the mix as of now, due to their lack of a qualifying offer and their perceived lack of interest immediately following the season.
Adam Kilgore speculates that the Nationals may make a surprise bid for Burnett’s services, but that is based mostly on the idea that Nationals Park is close to his hometown as well. The Arizona Diamondbacks are also purported to be in the mix for the 37-year old righty, but the sense is that Burnett would prefer to pitch on the East coast rather than the West.