The market for power outfielders will be set once Manny Ramirez signs. Until then, clubs aren’t exactly lining up at Pat the Bat’s door, according to at least one report.
According to FoxSports Ken Rosenthal, both the Rockies and Mets, considered active shoppers for right-handed pop in left field, want no part of Burrell, who turned 32 last month and ended the 2008 season in a wicked slump. The life-long Phillie has already turned down a 2-year, $22 million offer to stay in Philadelphia, according to an Oct. 31 story in the Daily News. Burrell is seen as an ideal candidate for DH duty, although at least one report says he’d rather play the field. In limited interleague chances, has not performed well in the DH role. In a related story, according to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, the Mets, Phillies, and Dodgers have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Raul Ibanez.