As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the Philadelphia Phillies (42-54) will inevitably be linked to many trades involving veteran trade chips as General Manager Ruben Amaro looks to unload big contracts and recoup young assets in return.
That happened once again today, as FOX Sports baseball insider Jon Morosi reported via Twitter that the Phillies and Baltimore Orioles have engaged in “preliminary” talks about a trade that would send starting pitcher AJ Burnett to the Orioles.
With a four-game lead in the AL East, Baltimore could definitely benefit from bolstering its starting rotation. As for Burnett, the veteran righty has not been as good as many had hoped with the Phillies, going 6-9 with a 4.08 ERA after back-to-back sub-3.60 years in Pittsburgh.
A possible target for the Phillies could be Orioles prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, ranked 65th by Baseball America, who has spent this entire season at Double-A Bowie after a solid stint with the team’s high Single-A club last year. He has struggled a bit for Bowie, going 3-6 with a 5.15 ERA, but at only 21 years of age, he could be a nice addition to the Phils’ struggling farm system.