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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 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

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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

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, "people close to" A.J. Burnett believe the 37-year-old right-hander will pitch in 2015.

Burnett has a $12.75 million player option with the Phillies and will need to exercise it within five days of the conclusion of the 2014 World Series. Burnett finished the 2014 season with a 4.59 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 190/96 K/BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 02:25:00 PM

The Phillies are in the process of scheduling hernia surgery for A.J. Burnett.

Burnett pitched through the injury for most of the season while posting a 4.59 ERA and 190/96 K/BB ratio over 213 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old has a $12.75 million player option for 2015, but he's still undecided about continuing his career.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 01:43:00 PM

A.J. Burnett surrendered four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Braves.

Justin Upton and B.J. Upton both homered against him. Burnett will finish the 2014 season with an 8-18 record, 4.59 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 190/96 K/BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old is considering retirement. He'll have surgery next week for a hernia that bothered him for much of 2014.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 10:21:00 PM

A.J. Burnett was wild Sunday, walking six while allowing six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Athletics.

Burnett gave up just three hits, but the six free passes -- including one with the bases loaded -- did him in. It's nothing new for Burnett, who has a MLB-most 93 walks allowed this year. His teammates managed to save him from taking his 18th loss, but Burnett's ERA is up to 4.57 with the rough outing. He's got one final start left this year, and that will come Saturday against the Braves.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 09:31:00 PM

A.J. Burnett coughed up five runs -- four earned -- in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday as the Phillies fell to the Padres.

Burnett struck out four, walked four, and gave up eight hits, one of which was a two-run homer by Alexi Amarista. For whatever reason, Burnett had all kinds of trouble with San Diego's slap-hitting infielder. This start was actually a bit better than his most recent work, as the veteran had gone 2-7 with a 5.68 ERA in his last nine starts. Burnett's next outing takes place in Oakland on Sunday.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 01:26:00 AM

A.J. Burnett fell to 8-16 after yielding four runs over six innings as the Phillies were defeated by the Pirates on Thursday.

Burnett becomes the first Phillies pitcher to lose 16 games since Mark Leiter lost 17 in 1997. He was fine until he tired in the sixth inning, relenting three runs. Overall, Burnett gave up six hits and three walks while fanning seven. It's been a forgettable year for the 37-year-old, as he now owns a 4.34 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 176/83 K/BB ratio. Burnett will take on the Padres in San Diego on Tuesday next.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 10:48:00 PM

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