A.J. Burnett likely to pitch next year


A.J. Burnett just suffered through an awful season during which he dropped many comments suggesting that he’ll retire. But it appears now, however, that he’s having a change of heart: Jon Heyman reports that “people close to” A.J. Burnett believe he’ll pitch in 2015.

It’s not like he doesn’t have a guaranteed paycheck. He has a player option worth $12.75 million with the Phillies, so not pitching would be giving money away, really. And while it was not a good season — he posted a 4.59 ERA and a 190/96 K/BB ratio in 213 and two-thirds innings — he’s still a durable innings eater.