Ruben Amaro expects A.J. Burnett to be back next season

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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said yesterday that he expects A.J. Burnett to return next season.

Burnett has gone back and forth, sometimes talking about retiring, sometimes talking about coming back. But the $12.75 million option he has would be hard for him to walk away from. He had a bad 2014 — he posted a 4.59 ERA and 190/96 K/BB ratio over 213 and two-thirds innings — but those 200 innings have value, especially for a team like Philly who, at the moment, you don’t figure to be terribly competitive next year.