There’s no futher testament to the paucity of top flight starting pitching from the current free agent crop than A.J. Burnett demanding a 5 year pact. Remarkably, the Toronto Blue Jays might well give it to him, to the tune of $50 million (presumably US Dollars, but that might explain a bit).

Supposedly, the Nationals are also very keen on Jack McKeon’s least favorite competitor, but given their unresolved ownership situation, it would be a huge surprise if MLB signed off on such a transaction.

Pittsburgh has signed OF Jason Bay to a 4 year contract extension said to be worth $18 million. Nothing like adding to the payroll to scare off Mark Cuban.