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A.J. Burnett | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (37) / 1/3/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 227
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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A.J. Burnett coughed up five earned runs in six innings Sunday as the Phillies fell to the Mets.
Burnett struck out a season-high 12 batters over seven innings of one-run ball last Monday against a hot Nationals team, but he struggled badly on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The Mets got to him for nine hits, including an Anthony Recker three-run homer. Burnett owns an ugly 4.40 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the year. Aug 31 - 4:33 PM

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A.J. Burnett indicated after Monday's game that he hasn't made a decision on retirement.

Burnett said earlier this month that he probably won't play next season, but he softened his stance after striking out 12 batters over seven innings of one-run ball on Monday. "I guess you could say I’ve still got it when I do have it," said Burnett. "My decision will come down to how I feel and what my family and I decide. It’s just one start, but to be able to go out and do that tonight makes you wonder." Burnett holds a player option for 2015 which is currently worth $10 million, but will increase to $12.75 million with four more starts.
Aug 26 - 8:59 AM

A.J. Burnett limited the Nationals to one run in seven innings and struck out a season-high 12 in the Phillies' 3-2 win Monday.

Burnett snapped a six-start losing streak with the performance; the Phillies had been 0-7 in his outings since the All-Star break. It was his eighth career game of at least 12 strikeouts, and his third game in double figures this year. The performance probably comes a little too late to give him trade value, but he will get one more chance to impress before the Aug. 31 postseason-roster deadline.
Aug 25 - 10:27 PM

A.J. Burnett dropped to 6-14 after giving up five runs in 7 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Mariners.

Burnett bounced back nicely after a two-run first that includes three stolen bases and one caught stealing. He allowed just one more run through the seventh. The scoreless Phillies then pressed their luck and sent him back out for the eighth, only to watch him turn their deficit from three runs to five. Burnett finished the contest with nine strikeouts. Alas, he's 0-6 in his last seven starts.
Aug 19 - 10:53 PM

When asked Tuesday whether he planned to play next season, A.J. Burnett replied "probably not."

It's not surprising, as the feeling for a while now is that Burnett would retire rather than pick up his player option. For what it's worth, the option increased to $10 million on Tuesday with Burnett making his 27th start. Burnett will be 38 in January and has had a mediocre year, so the Phillies would probably prefer if he retired.
Aug 19 - 10:50 PM

A.J. Burnett was touched up for four runs in six innings by the Angels in Wednesday's loss.

Burnett's uneven performance included five hits and four walks allowed. Outside of one dominant performance against the Giants, Burnett has really struggled since mid-July. He came into this game 0-4 with a 6.66 ERA in his last five outings, and 2-6 with a 6.75 ERA in his past nine road dates. The 16-year veteran takes a 6-13 record, 4.35 ERA and 1.41 WHIP into a home matchup against the Mariners next time out.
Aug 14 - 1:04 AM

A.J. Burnett was knocked around for five runs over six innings Friday in a loss to the Mets.

The only positive to take away is that he struck out eight batters. Burnett gave up 11 hits (including a solo homer to Travis d'Arnaud) and two walks in the loss. He now has a 6.66 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break. You could say he's having a devil of a time getting hitters out.
Aug 8 - 10:27 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that A.J. Burnett has been placed on revocable trade waivers.

Nearly every player in the majors hits waivers in August -- the ones that pass through can then be traded. Antonio Bastardo, Ryan Howard, Kyle Kendrick, and Roberto Hernandez have also been placed on the wire. The Phillies weren't active at the July 31 trade deadline, but they could move multiple pieces by August 31.
Aug 4 - 11:02 AM

A.J. Burnett was tossed out of Saturday's game against Washington after just one and two-thirds innings.

He was arguing balls and strikes, which is a no go. Even before the ejection, Burnett was struggling. He gave up five runs in his short time and had already thrown 51 pitches by the time he was tossed. The loss brought him to 6-11, with a 4.16 ERA.
Aug 2 - 10:46 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Phillies and Royals are discussing an A.J. Burnett trade.

"No indication that [a] deal is close," Rosenthal adds. It remains to be seen if Kansas City is amenable to assuming Burnett's player option for 2015, which could pay him as much as $14.25 million if he makes 32 starts. ESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier this week that the Phillies are telling interested clubs they expect Burnett to retire, and Burnett (4.15 ERA) has echoed that sentiment to teammates. If the Royals expect to remain in contention, they need to improve their rotation somehow. This would help.
Jul 31 - 11:30 AM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that trade talks between the Phillies and Pirates regarding A.J. Burnett are "all but dead."

The stumbling block is Burnett's player option for 2015, which could pay him as much as $14.25 million if he makes 32 starts. Stark says that the Phillies are telling teams they expect Burnett to retire, and Burnett has told his teammates the same thing. However, the Pirates don't want him at $14.25 million next year and aren't willing to take the chance if he changes his mind. After all, Burnett waffled back-and-forth between continuing his career or retiring last winter before ultimately deciding on the former.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 6:32 PM

A.J. Burnett was tagged for seven runs in five innings by the Mets in Monday's loss.

It's the sixth time this year that Burnett has allowed at least six runs, most in the majors (Clay Buchholz and Kyle Gibson have done it five times apiece). As many awful outings as he's had, it's sort of impressive that his ERA is still a respectable 4.15. Still, there won't be much demand for his services in trade talks this week.
Jul 28 - 10:34 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates' interest in A.J. Burnett is "mild at best."

He adds that their interest "might fall further" if Burnett intends to pick up his 2015 player option, which would be worth $12.75 million if he makes 32 starts this season. Burnett, of course, pitched for the Pirates from 2012-13 and they wanted to re-sign him over the winter but were outbid by the Phillies. Heyman also says that the Orioles' interest in Burnett "doesn't seem keen, either." The righty holds a good-but-not-great 3.86 ERA in 2014 and it appears his market might be drying up.
Jul 24 - 8:11 PM

A.J. Burnett had one of his best starts of the season on a rain-soaked night against the Giants, tossing eight shutout innings in a no-decision.

With the two clubs short on relievers due to Tuesday's 14-inning affair, Burnett sat through a rain delay and pitched through eight innings on 130 pitches. He allowed four hits, walked four, and struck out six. Depending on what the Phillies do over the next few days, it may have been his last start in red pinstripes. If he's still around on Monday, he'll open a road series in New York against the Mets, sporting a 3.86 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 119/62 K/BB ratio.
Jul 23 - 11:21 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett would prefer to be dealt to the Pirates and that Pittsburgh players are lobbying for his return.

Burnett made a bit of an awkward exit from Pittsburgh when he signed with the Phillies during the offseason, but it's water under the bridge at this point. However, one possible hangup in a deal is his player option for 2015. He's currently at 21 starts this season, but his 2015 salary would rise to $8.5 million at 24 starts, $10 million at 27, $11.75 million at 30 and a maximum of $12.75 million if he makes it to 32 starts.
Jul 22 - 12:38 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Cody Asche
2Reid Brignac
LF1Domonic Brown
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2A.J. Burnett
3Kyle Kendrick
4David Buchanan
5Jerome Williams
6Cliff Lee
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ken Giles
6Mario Hollands
7Justin De Fratus
8Cesar Jimenez