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Winter Meetings: Day 4

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Update: Two small notes I wanted to pass along as I'm studying for my last final (yay!). A.J. Burnett signed with the Yankees over the Braves (ok, maybe not so small news) and the Braves non-tendered Chuck James making him a free agent.

I really didn't want to start a new post for this but I felt it was an important piece of information. David O'Brien talked to a person from New York with knowledge of the A.J. Burnett negotiations, who said that the Yankees' offer is not the $85 or $90 million that has been reported, but right about equal financially to the Braves' 5-year $80 million offer. O'Brien says that Burnett is now just deciding which team he'd rather pitch for.

No huge news from day three, but we did learn late last night that the rumored Peavy to the Cubs deal fell apart. It'll be interesting to see where Kevin Towers goes from here. He seems set on dealing Peavy, but his demands have caused both the Braves and Cubs to back out of potential deals this off-season. If the Braves lose out on A.J. Burnett, I wouldn't be shocked to see the Peavy rumors heating up again.

  • The Braves didn't take anyone or lose anyone in the Rule V draft (scratch that, the Mets took outfielder Carl Loadenthal in the minor league phase). How eventful.
  • Ken Rosenthal says that the Braves are preparing one last push for free agent A.J. Burnett after the Yankees guaranteed 5 years and $85 million. Frank Wren may match that offer, but if the Yankees want Burnett badly enough, there is no question they can throw more money at the right-hander.

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