Philadelphia Phillies Made A Run For A.J. Burnett

Not too long ago, it was reported that the Philadelphia Phillies had some interest in re-signing free agent Roy Oswalt. However, the Phillies are apparently up against their budget, so to pay for Oswalt, they'd have to lose Joe Blanton, whose 2012 salary is $8.5 million. The Phillies haven't lost Joe Blanton. The Phillies haven't re-signed Roy Oswalt.

Perhaps you thought that would be the last you'd see of the Phillies in this offseason's notable rumors. You'd be wrong. Here they are in another one:

Burnett's going to the Pirates unless something absolutely crazy happens, so the Phillies aren't changing. But one gets the sense that Ruben Amaro is one of them leg-bouncers. Just can't sit still. I don't know how realistic it ever was that A.J. Burnett could go to the Phillies, but Amaro made a point of finding out.

Incidentally, I bet Joe Blanton is feeling really great about himself these days.

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