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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
Contract: view contract details

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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. Jul 29 - 6:32 PM

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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

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett can be traded to the Orioles, Red Sox, Red Sox, Reds, Royals, Mets, Yankees, Pirates, Cardinals, and Nationals without his consent.

Similar to teammate Cliff Lee, Burnett has a 20-team no-trade list. The Pirates and Orioles are two of the teams who have been scouting Burnett recently and the trade list won't be an issue.
Jul 22 - 12:02 PM

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Pirates had a scout at A.J. Burnett's last start on Friday in Atlanta.

Gelb notes that it wasn't the scout's normal assignment, as he was clearly there to see Burnett. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported Saturday that the Phillies and Orioles have had preliminary discussions on a trade involving Burnett, but Gelb thinks the Pirates might wind up being a better fit. Burnett, of course, pitched for the Pirates from 2012-13.
Jul 20 - 3:00 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Phillies and Orioles have had preliminary discussions on a trade involving A.J. Burnett.

Before he signed with the Phillies, the Orioles expressed interest in the veteran right-hander. Being that it's his hometown team, it's reasonable to believe that the O's would be a nice fit. Stay tuned.
Jul 19 - 3:15 PM

A.J. Burnett surrendered six runs in five innings of work in a loss to the Braves on Friday.

Not the best night for his trade value. Burnett gave up four runs in the second inning and two more in the fifth to put himself in line for the loss. He struck out five and walked one en route to his ninth loss of the season. The veteran right-hander now owns a 4.08 ERA and 113/58 K/BB ratio over 136 2/3 innings this season. He'll only have another couple of starts before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, with a date against the Giants in San Francisco up next.
Jul 18 - 11:31 PM

A.J. Burnett improved to 6-8 after holding the Nationals to two runs over 7 2/3 innings on Friday night.

Burnett gave up five hits (including a solo homer to Bryce Harper) and four walks while striking out six. The final run scored after he was replaced by Ken Giles in the eighth. The veteran right-hander has seven straight quality starts to his credit and will complete the first half with a 3.83 ERA and 108/57 K/BB ratio over 131 2/3 innings of work. He could find a new home via trade shortly after the All-Star break.
Jul 11 - 10:19 PM

A.J. Burnett allowed three runs over seven innings in a loss to the Pirates on Sunday.

Burnett gave up five hits and two walks, striking out seven. The right-hander fell to 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with the loss. With the Phillies in an absolute tailspin of late, Burnett's name has surfaced in trade whispers. His time with the Phillies may be short, but he'll probably still be around to face the Nationals on Friday.
Jul 6 - 5:01 PM

A.J. Burnett got a no-decision, allowing four runs (three earned) over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.

Burnett has struggled with his control at times this season and Tuesday was one of those times. The right-hander walked four for the seventh time in 18 starts this season. Overall, he allowed six hits and struck out 10, his second double-digit strikeout performance of the season. Burnett will take his 3.92 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 95/51 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Pirates on the road.
Jul 1 - 11:30 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears from a source with knowledge of the situation that the Pirates would be the "single best fit" for A.J. Burnett and that a trade involving the veteran right-hander is likely before July 31.

This comes on the heels of a report from John Perrotto of USA Today, who mentioned that the Pirates have Burnett and Brandon McCarthy of the Diamondbacks on their radar as they consider possible rotation upgrades. Of course, Burnett had a 3.41 ERA from 2012-2013 with the Pirates before signing with the Phillies this past offseason. The 37-year-old has the ability to reject trades to 21 teams, but he reportedly would be open to a return to Pittsburgh.
Jul 1 - 1:26 PM

A.J. Burnett fell to 5-7, allowing three runs over seven innings in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.

Burnett was undone by a poor defensive play by Domonic Brown in left field in the fourth inning. Marcell Ozuna hit a catchable line drive to left field, but Brown misjudged it and it turned into an RBI double. Jarrod Saltalamacchia would double in two more runs after the play as well. Overall, Burnett yielded five hits and three walks while striking out eight. The right-hander now has a 3.89 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and a 85/47 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Marlins again in his next outing, this time on the road.
Jun 25 - 10:11 PM

A.J. Burnett allowed one run in a complete-game 5-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday.

While Burnett didn't pile up the strikeouts (three in nine innings), he effectively scattered seven hits, only two of which went for extra-bases. The win brings Burnett to 5-6 on the season. He's been a workhorse of late, going eight innings against the Cubs last time out and now nine innings against the Cards. The sterling effort brings his ERA down to 3.89. He even hit a double and knocked in a run, just for fun.
Jun 21 - 12:44 AM

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C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Cody Asche
2Reid Brignac
LF1Domonic Brown
2John Mayberry
CF1Ben Revere
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
S1Cliff Lee
2Cole Hamels
3A.J. Burnett
4Kyle Kendrick
5Roberto Hernandez
Relief Pitcher
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ken Giles
6Mario Hollands
7Justin De Fratus
8Phillippe Aumont