Phillies, A.J. Burnett decline $15 million mutual option


According to the Associated Press, via the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies and veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett have each declined their halves of a $15 million mutual option for the 2015 season.

It was an expected move. Now we’ll see whether Burnett exercises his $12.75 million player option for 2015. The deadline for that decision is Monday.

Burnett talked about retiring last offseason and went on to post a rough 4.59 ERA (81 ERA+) across 213 2/3 innings in 2014, but it doesn’t make much sense to leave nearly $13 million on the table. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said last month that he is expecting the option to be exercised. Burnett will be 38 years old at the start of next season.

Report: Brewers to sign Brock Holt

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have signed infielder Brock Holt. Contract details are not yet known.

Holt, 31, spent most of the last six years as a part-time player with the Red Sox, playing a little bit of a lot of positions. Last year, he hit .297/.369/.402 with 19 extra-base hits, 31 RBI, and 38 runs scored in 295 plate appearances. He spent a majority of his time at second base but also logged time at first base, shortstop, third base, and both corner outfield spots.

It will be interesting to see how the Brewers deploy Holt. His best chances at playing time would figure to be at third base and shortstop.