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.
Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.
Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.
Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:
“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”