The Orioles have made an offer to free agent starter A.J. Burnett, but nothing is imminent, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Burnett declined his $12.75 million player option with the Phillies last week.
Before Burnett signed with the Phillies this past February, the Orioles were one of a few teams interested in the right-hander’s services, so it’s no surprise to see their renewed interest. The O’s had the fifth-best starting rotation ERA in the American League in 2014, but they don’t have an obvious rotation leader.
Burnett, who turns 38 on January 3, had a miserable season in Philadelphia. He suffered an inguinal hernia in mid-April and finished the season with a 4.59 ERA in 213 2/3 innings, leading the league in earned runs allowed, walks, and losses.
According to MLB.com’s Tom Singer, the Pirates are still interested in Burnett as well.
Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.
Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.
Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.