A.J. Burnett, no stranger to retirement speculation, put a line in the sand. He said, “I got one (season) left,” reports Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Burnett declined a $15 million mutual option for 2015 with the Phillies on November 1, then signed with the Pirates on a one-year, $8.5 million deal two weeks later.
On his decision to return to the Pirates, Burnett said, “I wanted to make sure I went somewhere where I was happy but also had a chance to win.”
The 38-year-old right-hander finished the 2014 season with a disappointing 4.59 ERA, leading the league with 18 losses and 96 walks in 213 2/3 innings.