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.