Pirates general manager Neal Huntington admitted Friday that the reason they didn't extend a qualifying offer to A.J. Burnett is that they didn't have room in the budget to afford him at $14.1 million.
Free agent starting pitcher A.J. Burnett is considering retirement.
The Pirates elected not to extend a $14.1 million qualifying offer to A.J. Burnett.
MLB.com's Tom Singer writes that, "in all likelihood," the Pirates will extend a $14.1 million qualifying offer to A.J. Burnett and he will accept.
Pirates team president Frank Coonelly said Tuesday that the club has "made it clear" to impending free agent A.J. Burnett that they want to re-sign him.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has yet to reveal who would be the team's starter in a potential Game 5 versus the Cardinals.
A.J. Burnett was lit up for seven runs over just two innings in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Saturday that A.J. Burnett would start the first game of the NLDS should the Pirates advance past the Reds in Tuesday's wild card game.
A.J. Burnett spun eight innings of one-run ball in Friday's 4-1 win over the Reds.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said the team will do "everything in our power" to re-sign A.J. Burnett.
A.J. Burnett allowed two runs while striking out 12 over seven innings in the Pirates' 4-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.
A.J. Burnett indicated Friday that he's "50/50" over whether he'll retire after the 2013 season concludes, or continue pitching.
A.J. Burnett had a short start on Friday, allowing five runs in just three innings of work against the Cardinals.
A.J. Burnett allowed one run over seven innings in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.