A.J. Burnett - Philadelphia Phillies

A.J. Burnett to Baltimore? No thanks. Not for the price the Orioles will be forced to pay for the 4-5 starter.

This weekend, FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi reported that the Orioles and Phillies were in the early stages of trade talks for the 37-year-old starter. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman countered by saying that there’s “not too much” to those conversations. Thank goodness.

I was driving the Burnett to Baltimore bandwagon during the offseason after being impressed with his metrics in the second half last season with Pittsburgh. After taking a look at what he’s done in Philadelphia the first three months of the season, I’m jumping off.

Burnett’s 4.08 ERA in the National League should be enough to convince everyone that he’s not a good fit in the AL East. If it isn’t, perhaps his 3.82 BB/9 will be. There’s only one Orioles starter that has walked more per nine that Burnett, that’s Ubaldo Jimenez (5.42 BB/9).

Heyman has a few other stats that should scare away the O’s:

But here’s the evidence. His 4.08 ERA ranks him 36th of 49 NL starters who qualify for the ERA title, and his 1.36 WAR ranks even worse, 42nd of 49 starters.