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A.J. Burnett | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (38) / 1/3/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 227
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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A.J. Burnett remained winless following Monday's start against the Cubs, allowing one run over six innings in a no-decision.
Burnett allowed eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out only one batter, but was still able to limit the Cubs to just the one run. That leaves the right-hander 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a 16/5 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Burnett can potentially pick up his first win of the season in Arizona against the Diamondbacks in his next outing. Apr 20 - 11:03 PM

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A.J. Burnett limited the Tigers to one run over 6 2/3 innings, but took the loss on Tuesday.

Burnett was outdueled by Tigers pitcher Shane Greene. The Tigers scratched out their first run in the seventh inning on a Rajai Davis RBI single and it was enough offense with the way Greene was pitching. Burnett overall yielded seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out eight. The veteran right-hander is off to a good start in what will be his final season. Burnett faces the Cubs at home in his next outing.
Apr 14 - 10:16 PM

A.J. Burnett allowed two earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Reds.

Pittsburgh wound up losing in the bottom of the ninth inning on a rain-soaked afternoon in Cincinnati. Burnett looked sharp early on, but Joey Votto tagged him for a two-run homer in the sixth inning following an hour-plus rain delay. Burnett will try for his first win of the season at home next week against the Tigers. He's not a great fantasy bet in 2015 at age 38.
Apr 9 - 4:38 PM

Despite allowing six hits, A.J. Burnett pitched four scoreless innings versus the Yankees on Thursday.

All of the hits were singles. Burnett finishes the spring with a 4.86 ERA, which actually rates as his best mark since 2011. He'll make his first regular-season start versus the Reds.
Apr 2 - 4:38 PM

A.J. Burnett was tagged for five runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Rays on Monday.

Burnett's shaky spring has seen him give up nine runs and walk eight in 10 2/3 innings over his last three starts. He's typically been a lousy pitcher in March, so it's not a big area of concern. Still, given that his stuff isn't what it was, he just can't afford quite as many walks these days.
Mar 23 - 5:20 PM

A.J. Burnett pitched two scoreless innings Saturday as the Pirates and Rays played to a 1-1 tie.

Burnett has a history of poor Octobers, but he's also tended to struggle during March; his spring ERAs the last two years were 7.36 and 6.05. This was a nice start for him, though he did hit John Jaso with a pitch and knock him out of the game.
Mar 7 - 5:22 PM

A.J. Burnett indicated the he plans to retire from professional baseball after the 2015 season.

Burnett admits that he wanted to be happy in his final season, which is why he took less money to leave the Phillies and return to the Pirates. The 38-year-old hurler experienced a dip in velocity in 2014, which could be partially to blame for his disappointing results in Philadelphia.
Jan 11 - 8:17 PM

Pirates signed RHP A.J. Burnett to a one-year, $8.5 million contract.

Burnett could have exercised a $12.75 million player option to remain with the Phillies, but he'll instead take a $4.25 million paycut to return to pitch for a likely contender and in a place where he had lots of success. The veteran right-hander had a down 2014 season, posting a 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 213 2/3 innings. He'll also turn 38 in January. However, Burnett pitched through a hernia for much of the season and will now be reunited with pitching coach Ray Searage. He had surgery to repair the hernia shortly after the season and is expected to be fine for spring training. Assuming health, he's a bounce-back candidate in 2015.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 03:32:00 PM

An Orioles official told Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun that the team has not made a one-year offer to A.J. Burnett.

It would contradict a report Thursday from Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Encina says the Orioles are focused on their bullpen, not the rotation, at this point. Of course, that doesn't mean Burnett won't be of interest to them at some point. The 37-year-old right-hander had a down year for the Phillies in 2014 but was battling a hernia for much of the season. He makes his offseason home in Maryland and wants to pitch for a contender, so he and the Orioles might make for a good marriage.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 09:53:00 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Orioles have made an offer to free agent A.J. Burnett.

Passan notes that "nothing is close" between the two sides. Burnett makes his offseason home in Maryland and his wife doesn't like to fly, so Baltimore would seem to be a very attractive landing spot for the 37-year-old right-hander. He declined a $12.75 million player option from the Phillies earlier this month because he wants to pitch for a contender. The O's fit that mold as well.
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 11:00:00 AM

According to's Tom Singer, the Pirates aren't ruling out a reunion with A.J. Burnett.

Burnett declined a $12.75 million player option with the Phillies because he wants to pitch for a contender in 2015, and the last time he was in the postseason was with Pittsburgh. The 37-year-old right-hander posted an ugly 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 213 2/3 innings this past season for Philadelphia and obviously isn't too concerned about money, so he should come pretty cheap.
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 10:29:00 AM

A.J. Burnett's agent, Darek Braunecker, said Tuesday that his client is open to signing anywhere.

In the past, Burnett has signed close to home because his wife doesn't like to fly, but that's apparently no longer a restriction. Changing this stance would certainly improve what would otherwise be a limited market. Burnett had a 4.59 ERA over 34 starts this season and wants to pitch for a contender in 2015.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 01:34:00 PM

A.J. Burnett declined his $12.75 million player option for 2015.

A dose of good news for the Phillies, who likely had no desire to pay that kind of money to a 38-year-old below-average starter. Burnett posted an ugly 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across 213 2/3 innings (34 starts) in 2014. His agent said late Monday that the veteran right-hander intends to continue his playing career and wants to join a contender this offseason.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 09:33:00 PM

Phillies and A.J. Burnett each declined their $15 mutual options for 2015.

Burnett still has a decision to make on his $12.75 million player option for next season and has a few more days to decide. The 37-year-old hurler has hinted at retirement.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. indicated Tuesday that he expects A.J. Burnett to return next season.

Burnett has a $12.75 million player option for 2015 and has five days after the World Series to decide whether to accept or decline. The 37-year-old has hinted at retirement and hasn't made an official decision on his future, but Amaro believes that he'll be back. "I’m really kind of neutral on it," said Amaro. "I knew what it took to get him back and pitching this year. I would assume that he’d want to pitch again. I don’t have that information, but my inclination is that he’s going to want to pitch. He’s a competitive guy." Burnett posted a 4.59 ERA and 190/96 K/BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings this season.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 09:41:00 AM

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