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Chron: Astros turn attention to Burnitz

Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by Rockets34Legend, Jan 12, 2005.

  1. Rockets34Legend

    Rockets34Legend Contributing Member

    Jun 12, 2002
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    Well, Burnitz feels like the Astros aren't interested:


    The agent for free-agent outfielder Jeromy Burnitz said Saturday that he believes the Astros are no longer interested in his client and that the Conroe High School product plans to sign elsewhere.

    Considering there hasn't been dialogue since Monday, Howard Simon said Burnitz is ready to consider offers from other teams. Simon wouldn't identify which teams.

    "We're moving on," Simon said. "We don't have any indication of the Astros' continuing interest, so we're going to gravitate to where we're needed and wanted at this time. There seems to be no shortage of those situations."

    Astros general manager Tim Purpura hasn't ruled out Burnitz, 35, but he said the club has other priorities.

    "We've been pursuing a lot of other possibilities, and that's been on the backburner for us," Purpura said. "We're going to move at a pace that works for us, and I've had a lot of other conversations throughout the week that have a little bit more interest for us.

    "If he's going to make a decision, that's the player's prerogative. It doesn't make sense to jump into anything and cause us to miss out on something later on."
  2. NIKEstrad

    NIKEstrad Contributing Member
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    Mar 21, 2000
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    Time to wait and see what Purpura comes up with. Enough for him to abandon the Burnitz possibility, so I'm hoping it's solid.
  3. leroy

    leroy Contributing Member

    Jun 25, 2002
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    Man, I sure hope so. Not that I really wanted Burnitz, but something has to be done.
  4. NJRocket

    NJRocket Contributing Member

    Jul 23, 2001
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    Let's not forget that the 2 geniuses abandoned the Beltran possibility too...my guess is they aren't working on much. Hopefully I'm wrong.

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