It looks like even if Ruben Amaro is still evaluating and hesitant to selling, that won’t stop the rumors and “inside sources”: According to MLB Daily Dish, quoting a source with “knowledge of the situation,” A.J. Burnett will likely be a Pirate once again before July 31st.
Burnett is 5-7 with a 3.89 ERA in seventeen starts for the Phillies this year, but that ERA would be the second-best among the Pirates’ regular rotation. Plus, maybe they just miss him, he seems likable. The Daily Dish continued, saying “though Burnett can block trades to 21 major league teams, major league sources indicate that the Pirates are one of the nine teams on his ‘acceptable assignment’ list,” so maybe he misses them too.