DANA POINT, Calif. -- Ace pitcher
Furthermore, Braunecker said that while they are giving the Blue Jays more time to talk about a new contract, Toronto still shouldn't expect a hometown discount at this late date. Burnett may well still opt out of his Toronto contract, the agent said.
The right-hander has an option to vacate the remaining two years on his five-year, $55 million Blue Jays contract. The timing is good, coming on the heels of a solid season in which Burnett went 18-10 with a 4.07 ERA and 231 strikeouts.
Braunecker disputed the notion that Burnett would prefer not to play in New York.
"That perception couldn't be further from the truth,'' Braunecker said.
The Yankees are one of several teams expected to make a play for Burnett should he opt out, as expected.