A.J. Burnett becomes free agent after declining 2015 player option with Phillies


According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies just announced that right-hander A.J. Burnett has declined his $12.75 million player option for 2015. He’s now a free agent.

This decision comes as a surprise, but it’s one the Phillies have to be pretty happy about. As Jayson Stark of ESPN.com notes, Burnett could have made as much as $14.75 million in 2015 with incentives.

Burnett, 37, posted a 4.59 ERA and 190/96 K/BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings across 34 starts this season. While he has talked about the possibility of retirement, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that he turned down the option because he wants to pitch for a contending team.

Here are your World Series Umpires

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The men in blue. Although it often looks black, yes? They still wear blue sometimes though so it probably doesn’t matter. Let’s just call ’em the baseball cops and not worry too much about what they’re wearing.

Here are the baseball cops for the 2019 World Series: Alan Porter, Doug Eddings, Gary Cederstrom, James Hoye,
Lance Barksdale, Sam Holbrook, and Jim Wolf.

Cederstrom is the Crew Chief and will have second base in tonight’s Game 1, after which they rotate as they always do.

Wolf will serve as the Replay Official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Porter, the home plate umpire for Game One, will shift to Replay Official duties from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. The Replay Assistant throughout the Fall Classic will be regular season crew chief Jerry Meals.

The umpires will wear a uniform patch in memory of umpire Eric Cooper, who passed away over the weekend. The patch will say “Coop.”