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Report: Orioles, Phillies in 'preliminary' talks on trade involving right-hander A.J. Burnett

The Orioles have been in trade talks with the Philadelphia Phillies about acquiring starting right-hander A.J. Burnett, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi.

"Phillies and Orioles have had very preliminary talks on a trade that would send A.J. Burnett to Baltimore, sources tell @FOXSports1," he tweeted Saturday, adding that there has been "no substantial progress made yet."

The Orioles entered Saturday with a four-game lead in the American League East but are looking to add a starting pitcher. They have the ninth-worst ERA among starters (4.07) in the majors.

Burnett's wife is a Maryland native, and the couple lives there in the offseason. The right-hander has been linked to the Orioles in the past.

The 37-year-old is 6-9 with a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts and 136 2/3 innings for the Phillies this season.

Philadelphia, which entered Saturday in last place in the National League East, signed Burnett to a one-year, $16 million contract in February. It includes a $15 million mutual option for next season. If the team declines its share of the option, Burnett has a $7.5 million player option.

Sports Xchange contributed to this report.

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