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Braves join list of suitors for righty Burnett


Braves join list of suitors for righty Burnett
Add the Braves to the list of teams showing interest in free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett.

In a perfect world, the Braves would add two top-of-the-rotation starters, then slot righty Jair Jurrjens as their No. 3.

MLB Hot Stove

The Brewers are another possibility for Fuentes, but GM Doug Melvin points out that both the Brewers and Rays won 90 games last season without a closer who earned 30 saves. Melvin might simply choose to wait out the market and load up on less expensive setup types — particularly after getting a poor return on his $10 million investment in Eric Gagne last season ...

The Mets, in search of starting pitching as well as a closer, aren't enamored with the White Sox's Javier Vazquez, who lasted only one season with the Yankees. Rays right-hander Andy Sonnanstine, a strike thrower and dogged competitor, represents a more desirable target, but the Rays are forever reluctant to trade pitching. The Mets are intent on adding players who can handle New York ...

It's a given that the Yankees will offer salary arbitration to free- agent outfielder Bobby Abreu, even if it means paying him between $18 million and $20 million to be their No. 3 hitter for one more season.

Abreu, who turns 35 on March 11, would accept the Yankees' offer only if it appeared he would not receive the multi-year deal he wanted from another club. In this economy, that's no guarantee.

Twins left fielder Delmon Young is "very, very much out there," according to one rival GM. The Twins, though, need to be careful in any trade discussions. Getting poor value for Young would only compound their mistake in acquiring him as part of a six-player trade in which they sent shortstop Jason Bartlett and right-hander Matt Garza to the Rays ...

The Diamondbacks, facing the losses of free-agent relievers Juan Cruz and Brandon Lyon, would benefit from the short-term addition of Trevor Hoffman or Kerry Wood, but lack the payroll flexibility necessary to sign either closer. Instead, the D-Backs are likely to stick with their affordable late-inning trio of Chad Qualls, Jon Rauch and Tony Pena, who will combine to make less than what Hoffman or Wood likely will command in 2009 — Hoffman for one year, Wood on a multi-year deal.

The Rockies, at least for the moment, seem content to keep third baseman Garrett Atkins and the three players they acquired in the Matt Holliday trade — left-hander Greg Smith, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and reliever Huston Street. The team is looking for a left-handed reliever; free agent Alan Embree is one possibility.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 25, 2008

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