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MLB: July 19, 2005

Posted: Tuesday July 19, 2005 10:59AM; Updated: Tuesday July 19, 2005 10:59AM
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A.J. Burnett
A.J. Burnett could be on his way to Baltimore.
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In the three-way deal, the Marlins would acquire pitcher Mark Redman from Pittsburgh, along with Orioles pitchers Hayden Penn and Jorge Julio and outfielder Larry Bigbie. In return, the Marlins would send Burnett to Baltimore and Mike Lowell to Pittsburgh.
-- Palm Beach Post

Despite indications from several media outlets that the Orioles' pursuit of Florida pitcher A.J. Burnett is a done deal, one source familiar with the negotiations said yesterday that the team won't obtain Burnett unless the Marlins remove struggling third baseman Mike Lowell from the pending trade. Instead, the Orioles are now closing in on a three-way trade with the Pirates and Marlins that could yield them Burnett and Pittsburgh outfielder-first baseman Daryle Ward.
-- Baltimore Sun

Sox owner John W. Henry told Bloomberg news service yesterday that 'there is a very good probability that we will increase payroll before the trading deadline.' ...Henry is said to be very fond of Marlins righthander A.J. Burnett from his days as Florida's owner.
-- Boston Globe

J.P. Ricciardi has money to burn and wants pitcher A.J. Burnett badly, but not enough to take on another faulty contract...He was referring to reports that the Florida Marlins wanted teams interested in acquiring Burnett to also take on the $21.25-million (all figures U.S.) albatross that is third baseman Mike Lowell's contract.
-- Globe and Mail

Orioles 1B Rafael Palmeiro found an interesting message in his e-mail inbox on Monday. Hank Aaron sent Palmeiro a note to congratulate him for his 3,000th hit, which put the first baseman in an elite class. He joined Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the only players in baseball history with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. "Welcome to the club," the e-mail read.
-- Washington Post

Rumors have resurfaced that the Cubs are in hot pursuit of Florida Marlins leadoff man Juan Pierre. But that comes as a surprise to Cubs officials, who insist they haven't been talking to the Marlins about the speedy center fielder... Reds general manager Dan O'Brien has said demoted outfielder Austin Kearns is going nowhere.
-- Chicago Sun-Times

The Nationals continue to ask the Devil Rays about a deal that might include Tampa closer Danys Baez, but a source said the Nationals would also like to acquire infielder Julio Lugo, who is hitting .293 as the everyday shortstop.
-- Washington Post

Before last night's game against the Colorado Rockies at RFK Stadium, [Jim] Bowden said he had called Nationals special assistant Barry Larkin to try and persuade the 12-time All-Star to come out of retirement and play for the rest of the season.
-- Washington Times

Rangers owner Tom Hicks reiterated Monday that financial considerations will not prevent general manager John Hart from making trades that could improve the Rangers now and in future years... Mike Sweeney, Jim Thome, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza and Brewer High School graduate Aubrey Huff are all big-name hitters who could be on the block.
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Red Sox have called the Twins looking for pitching. Boston is believed to be interested in lefthander J.C. Romero, who could help stabilize a bullpen that had a 5.51 ERA entering Monday -- the second-highest in the American League. The Twins, of course, are looking for hitting, and the Red Sox might be willing to deal veteran third baseman Bill Mueller.
-- Minneapolis Star Tribune

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