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A.J. Burnett To The Braves ?

Posted by Mike on December 4, 2008

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From NY Daily News:

Just as they were finalizing a trade for Javier Vazquez, the Braves were preparing a five-year offer for A.J. Burnett, according to sources. Burnett, considered the No.2 starter on the market, was expected to wait for Sabathia to make the first move. But with the Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays all apparently hesitant to give Burnett a fifth year, the 31-year-old might jump at Atlanta’s offer before Sabathia makes his decision.

From AJC.com:

Keep in mind, the Braves have money to spend, and I’m told they are going to make a very competitive offer real soon for Burnett, probably even guarantee the fifth year to lessen the likelihood of him waiting around for one of the teams spurned by CC Sabathia to make him (Burnett) a desperation offer.

The Braves can probably go $15-16 mill a year in a five-year deal for Burnett. They’re in a good position relative to most teams, because with this economy suppressing some expected free-agent salaries, it’s a good time to be a buyer.

Having $40 mill to spend (or whatever the Braves have and are willing to spend) is a little like being a first-time home buyer right now, with a down payment socked away and no home you have to sell before you move in to a new one. The Braves can afford to sign Burnett and also perhaps sign a power-hitting free agent outfielder or trade for one with a big salary.

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