The Toronto Blue Jays are in a holding pattern when it comes to negotiations with free-agent pitcher A.J. Burnett. The club still hasn’t made a formal offer to Burnett, preferring to wait to see what type of contracts it’s up against.
It’s believed that the Blue Jays are prepared to offer a four-year, $54 million deal for Burnett, but that’s a deal that would easily be topped by the likes of the Yankees — one of the pitcher’s suitors.
“We’re going to let him go out and see what’s out there,” Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi was quoted as saying in Tuesday’s Toronto Star. “That’s what he wants to do – see what teams are interested, see what’s available and, at that point, come back to us and see if we’re even going to be in the ballpark.”
Ricciardi add that, if the Jays fall short in their quest to re-sign Burnett, the team might not be in the mix for any other free-agent starters. Toronto had been rumored to have interest in Brad Penny, Ryan Dempster and Derek Lowe.
“No, I don’t think there’s anything out there that we can get involved in at this point that makes any sense for us,” Ricciardi told the Star.