October 22, 2008
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays have made it priority number one to sign A.J. Burnett, then plan to gauge the market value of outfielder Manny Ramirez, who is reportedly seeking a six year deal. "It would really be a long shot for us to bring him to Toronto. He's on our radar, but maybe not on our radar like some people will report," GM J.P. Ricciardi said. The Jays have a lot of young pitching in the rotation and a year or two away, so they can afford to pay Burnett and then focus in on their outfield and shortstop spot.
If the Blue Jays are set on pursuing a top of the line outfielder, they could go after Adam Dunn or Bobby Abreu. Another option is Raul Ibanez, but signing him would cost them two prospects.
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