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Mariners To Pursue A.J. Burnett

Oct 08, 2005 4:50 PM EST

The Seattle Mariners have made pitching a priority and will pursue A.J. Burnett, the best available, despite the fact he was sent packing -- told to go home -- by the Florida Marlins the final week of the season.

Teams predict that Burnett will shy away from signing with the large market Yankees or Red Sox, as long as a contract offer is comparable.

The Mariners are guessing the asking price for Burnett will be $65 million US for five years. That's $13 million up from early September when the guessing was he would get $10-to-$11 million for four years.

Via Toronto Sun