With the Javy Vazquez trade set to be official any moment, the Braves aren’t wasting any time moving on another top pitcher. Mark Feinsand, citing “sources,” is reporting that they’re preparing to offer AJ Burnett a five year contract, something that Burnett and his agent are looking for. Reports have indicated that the Yanks will not go to five years for Burnett, but they could still offer a higher annual salary to keep him interested. If this report is true, it would seem that Frank Wren & Co. have moved on from Jake Peavy.
For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Rob Neyer debated between AJ Burnett and Derek Lowe yesterday, concluding that Lowe is the better bet because he offers more certainty. I agree with that 100%.