A.J. Burnett RUMORS & NEWS

  • Burnett loses, says he'll probably retire after season

    CSN Philly "A.J. Burnett’s major league-leading walks total wasn’t the only number that rose in the Phillies’ 5-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. With his 27th start of the season, Burnett passed a plateau that took his contract from $8.5 million to $10 million if he decides to pitch next..." August 20

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Phillies talking to #Royals about A.J. Burnett. No indication that deal is close.

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Phillies and Orioles have had very preliminary talks on a trade that would send A.J. Burnett to Baltimore, sources tell @FOXSports1.

  • While Orioles are interested, Pirates could be better fit for A.J. Burnett

    Philly.com "The market for A.J. Burnett last winter was limited because the 37-year-old righthander preferred to play near his Monkton, Md., home. The Phillies offered Burnett $16 million with a limited no-trade clause, and he signed in February. Burnett has pitched to a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts, which does..." July 20

  • Burnett, Nieves click again in Phillies' win

    CSN Philly "There could be another exclusive pitcher-catcher duo for the Phillies. Remember the Steve Carlton-Tim McCarver combination so prevalent and productive? Now, there could be another pitcher-catcher combo to work exclusively. The duo of pitcher A. J. Burnett and catcher Wil Nieves is slowly..." April 28

  • Pirates will move on after A.J. Burnett moves on

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Life went on at Pirate City Thursday as pitchers and catchers reported to spring training without A.J. Burnett, their 2013 opening day starter. Burnett turned down a one-year, $12 million offer by the Pirates to sign with Philadelphia for $16 million on the eve of spring training, leaving his..." February 14

  • A.J. Burnett turned down $12 million from Pirates for $16 million from Phillies

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has a follow-up to A.J. Burnett signing a one-year, $16 million deal with the Phillies, reporting that the free agent right-hander turned down a one-year, $12 million deal from the Pirates. At the beginning of the offseason Pittsburgh chose not to make Burnett a..." February 13

  • Source: Phillies agree to deal with A.J. Burnett

    CSN Philly "The Phillies have agreed to a one-year deal with right-handed starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, a source confirmed Wednesday. The Phillies, who had been thin in the rotation, had targeted Burnett for weeks. The need for a starting pitcher increased on Wednesday when Cole Hamels announced he..." February 12

  • Phils, Burnett Agree to 1-Year Deal

    MLB.com "Cole Hamels will not be ready to pitch by Opening Day, but reinforcements are on the way. A source said this morning the Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract with right-hander A.J. Burnett. It includes a mutual option for 2015 and a limited no-trade clause. If..." February 12

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Burnett in discussions with multiple clubs. #Phillies are one, per @ToddZolecki. #Pirates presumably another.

  • Could Nats emerge as contender to favored Pirates for A.J. Burnett?

    CBSSports.com "If someone's going to steal A.J. Burnett away from his beloved Pirates, could it be the Washington Nationals? Speculation is going around baseball circles that the Nats could consider a late play for the talented Burnett at a time some other would-be contenders for his services seem to be..." February 07

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    Peter Gammons @pgammo

    Orioles "all in" on AJ Burnett, Rays in, early in process

  • Orioles badly need A.J. Burnett

    CSN Baltimore "The Orioles must sign A.J. Burnett. After a horrible winter, signing of Burnett would show the increasingly cranky fan base that the team will do something meaningful to answer their complaints. Tuesday’s news that Burnett had decided, barely two weeks before spring training opened, that he..." January 29

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    Travis Sawchik @Sawchik_Trib

    A.J. Burnett will return to pitch in '14, per source. Burnett will be open to pitching for a club other than the Pirates

  • Burnett standstill creates ripple effect for Pirates

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "In 25 days, Pirates pitchers and catchers will report for spring training. Pitching coach Ray Searage is taking a realistic approach as to whether A.J. Burnett will be among them. “I’m going without A.J. until I hear differently,” Searage said last week. “I have to.” Roughly three months..." January 20

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    Ben Livingston @937TeenWolf

    #Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage on A.J. Burnett: "Right now I'm leaning that way, where he's going to retire." #FanMorningShow

  • Orioles have interest in A.J. Burnett if he chooses to extend career

    Hardball Talk "MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are feeling out free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett‘s interest in prolonging his career. If the right-hander wants to go for one more season, the Orioles will want to start a discussion. Kubatko adds that the O’s already met with representatives of Burnett..." December 14

  • Pirates will shop while starting pitcher Burnett makes his decision

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Two months after their season ended, the Pirates still are waiting for right-hander A.J. Burnett to decide whether he will retire. However, Burnett's indecision won't keep the Pirates stuck in neutral during MLB's annual winter meetings. Monday, a source close to free agent Bronson Arroyo said..." December 10

  • Pirates still waiting to hear from A.J. Burnett

    Hardball Talk "Free agent right-hander A.J. Burnett has said publicly and privately that he will either pitch for the Pirates in 2014 or retire from baseball for good. The Bucs want him back and are prepared to commit a significant portion of their budget to the cause, but the 36-year-old has not made an..." December 08

  • Burnett undecided about pitching in 2014

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "A month has passed since A.J. Burnett last pitched but the free agent is still undecided whether he will return to pitch in 2014 or if his loss in Game 1 of the NLDS in St. Louis will mark his last major league action. Free agents could begin signing with clubs at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. “A.J...." November 05

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    pirates officially do not extend qualifying offer to a.j. burnett now. $14.1M is a lot for small market with deep pitching.

  • Burnett's status is offseason priority for Pirates

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A year ago, general manager Neal Huntington and the Pirates identified one major hole to address in free agency, locked in on veteran catcher Russell Martin and aggressively pursued him until he was crouched behind home plate at PNC Park. This year, a more patient approach will guide the..." October 31

  • Burnett: 'I badly wanted to pitch.'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett was on the phone shortly before 4 p.m. and he was not happy. He had a right not to be happy. My story questioning Burnett's unavailability for Game 5 last night was wrong. He was unavailable. But not because he wanted to be. I put two and two together and came up with five. I..." October 11

  • Pirates A.J. Burnett is still mulling over retirement

    Hardball Talk "A.J. Burnett said during spring training that he was considering retiring after the 2013 season. Six months later he’s still thinking about the possibility. According to Karen Price of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Burnett said yesterday that retirement has been in the back of his mind all..." September 21

  • Burnett returns to form in Pirates' 8-1 win over Padres

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett had a lead before he took the mound Tuesday night. After that his usual serving of fastballs and knuckle curves did the trick. Burnett rebounded from two mediocre outings during the Pirates' 8-1 win against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park their second win in a row. The St. Louis..." August 21

  • Pirates A.J. Burnett to return from disabled list Sunday

    Hardball Talk "After missing the past four weeks with a strained calf A.J. Burnett is scheduled to come off the disabled list Sunday, according to Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Will start versus Chicago Cubs." July 05

  • Burnett hopes for best after 'freak' calf injury

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett cannot put much pressure on his right leg, the result of what he called a grade 1 tear in his calf that had him in a walking boot Friday afternoon. Burnett, who went on the 15-day disabled list Thursday -- retroactive to Sunday -- said he hurt the calf during his workout..." June 15

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    Bill Brink @BrinkPG

    A.J. Burnett will not start Saturday due to right calf pain, hurdle said. Locke Friday, sat TBA

  • A.J. Burnett placed on disabled list with right calf strain

    CBSSports.com "Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain, the club announced Thursday afternoon. As to how Burnett suffered the injury, the Pirates aren't saying. Manager Clint Hurdle did tell reporters, however, that Burnett informed them of..." June 13

  • Pirates' Burnett thrives after escape from Yankees

    New York Post "The NL strikeout leader was at Citi Field last night and his name was not Matt Harvey. A.J. Burnett — 16-10 with a 3.51 ERA last year with Pittsburgh — is 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season, when the Yankees are paying $8.5 million of his $16 million salary. The consensus is..." May 11

  • Hernandez tops Burnett, Mariners trip Pirates, 2-1

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Seattle starter Felix Hernandez lived up to his dominant billing as the Mariners beat the Pirates, 2-1, this afternoon at PNC Park. Former Cy Young winner Hernandez allowed one run on six hits in eight innings, striking out five batters to earn his fifth win of the season. The Pirates (18-15)..." May 09

  • Burnett tosses one-hit wonder, Pirates down Cardinals, 5-0

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett turned to look at Carlos Beltran, who was standing on second base in the seventh inning Wednesday night at PNC Park. "I'm like, 'You can't swing and miss on one more for me?' " Burnett asked. Most of the St. Louis Cardinals did in a 5-0 Pirates win. Burnett held the Cardinals..." April 18

  • Pirate clubhouse elders, Burnett, Grilli and Barmes, ready to lead

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It begins quietly, and on this day you probably won't be able to hear it. Once A.J. Burnett leaves the dugout, the sellout crowd at PNC Park will roar. The chords won't poke through until he reaches the mound. The familiar cadence, repeated on a loop, da-dun-dun-dun-dun,..." March 31

  • Pirates’ Burnett mulling retirement after season

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pitcher A.J. Burnett is mulling whether to retire after the 2013 season. But if he decides to keep playing, Burnett might consider an offer from only one team: the Pirates. “I enjoy it here and I enjoy these guys,” Burnett said Thursday after pitching three innings in his final spring training..." March 27

  • New catcher Martin and Burnett are a good match for the Pirates

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Shortly after Russell Martin slid into his Pirates' catching gear for the first time, he saw a familiar face. On the first day of workouts this spring, Martin and former New York Yankees teammate A.J. Burnett were paired in the first set of bullpen sessions. And though the face was familiar,..." March 03

  • Pirates name A.J. Burnett Opening Day starter, kicking off elaborate April Fool's Day prank

    Bucs Dugout "The Pirates have, unsurprisingly, named A.J. Burnett their Opening Day starter when they kick off their season April 1 against the Cubs. This would appear to be a routine decision on Clint Hurdle's part. But what Burnett doesn't know is that this is all a setup for an elaborate prank in which..." February 20

  • 'Reborn' Burnett ends to slide; Pirates beat Houston, 8-1

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett put an end to two ugly streaks Sunday with a dominant performance on the mound. Leading the way to an 8-1 victory against the Houston Astros, Burnett helped the Pirates snap a five-game losing streak and became the first Pirates pitcher in 21 years to win more than 15 games in a..." September 24

  • Burnett earns 16th victory in Pirates win

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett became the first Pirates pitcher to win 16 games in a season since 1991 in an 8-1 victory against the Astros this afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Burnett allowed one earned run on four hits in eight innings to improve his record this season to 16-8. He struck out 11 batters and..." September 24

  • Garrett Jones' two blasts give Burnett 15th victory

    MLB.com "A.J. Burnett took the mound on Thursday with a new ingredient in his repertoire. He had his usual fastball and knuckle curve, and he also had an attitude. It isn't quite clear which did the Dodgers more harm, but the total package sparked the Pirates to a slump-interrupting 10-6 victory at PNC..." August 16

  • Rotation shuffle to give Burnett regular rest

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Manager Clint Hurdle shuffled the Pirates' rotation Monday, ensuring that A.J. Burnett will stay on regular rest as the Pirates carry a six-man rotation through a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. Burnett was scheduled to pitch Friday's game in St. Louis against the Cardinals. He will now..." August 14

  • Pirates' Burnett named N.L. player of the week

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pirates starter A.J. Burnett was named the National League Player of the Week, the team announced this afternoon. Burnett was 2-0 and allowed two earned runs in 17 2/3 innings -- pitching one complete game and coming one out shy of another. He earned his 13th and 14th wins of the season, tied..." August 07

  • Burnett propels Pirates to 6-2 win against Cincinnati Reds

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates desperately needed A.J. Burnett Sunday afternoon, and he didn't disappoint. Behind Burnett, the Pirates won for the 16th time in the past 17 games Burnett has started, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 6-2 at Great American Ball Park. The Pirates avoided the sweep against the NL Central..." August 06

  • A.J. Burnett takes no-hitter into eighth inning in Pirates' 5-0 victory

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett was four outs away from a no-hitter. Instead, he earned a standing ovation from the Wrigley Field crowd. Burnett pitched a one-hit, complete-game shutout Tuesday night as the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-0. With laser-like command and a cruel curveball, Burnett breezed..." August 01

  • A.J. Burnett makes his mark

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett sat on a black leather sofa in the Pirates clubhouse Tuesday night, processing what had just happened. He understood the basics. His attempt to win his ninth start in a row had not gone well. He did not have his best stuff, and the Astros had dropped lightly hit balls in all the..." July 08

  • Burnett, Pirates dominate Tigers

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Sometimes, good things happen when A.J. Burnett bunts. On Friday, the Detroit Tigers turned a routine bunt by Burnett into a two-run, two-error misadventure that sparked the Pirates to a 4-1 victory. It was the seventh consecutive win for Burnett (8-2), who owns the third-longest active..." June 23

  • Burnett, Barajas connect again with Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After Saturday's win, Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett has won six straight starts for the first time since 2008, when he was with Toronto. The Blue Jays' catcher that year was Rod Barajas. "I tell him every day how much fun it is to work with him again," Burnett said. "I feel relaxed out..." June 18

  • Bucs complete sweep behind Burnett outing

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "In a recent poll of more than 200 active major league players, right-hander A.J. Burnett was named the second-most overrated pitcher. The Pirates demand a recount. "It's way off base," Pirates catcher Rod Barajas said. "I don't know who voted for A.J., but if you gave them a chance to vote..." June 11

  • Burnett fuel behind Pirates' fire

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Jeff Banister, the Pirates' bench coach, has been forced to serve as manager only once this summer. That was May 2 in St. Louis, and cruel as fate can be, it was on that night that the team's heart-and-soul, 27-year employee had to make what still stands as the season's most compelling managerial..." June 06

  • Burnett's strong outing leads Pirates over Reds

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett was on. So was Cincinnati Reds righty Johnny Cueto. Burnett won the battle of the aces Wednesday, as Matt Hague smacked a two-run double to lift the Pirates to a 2-1 victory. "We needed a big outing from A.J. tonight to match up with Cueto," Pirates manager..." May 31

  • Burnett pitches a beauty as Pirates win 2-1, take series over Reds

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Drew Stubbs found the tiniest of chinks in A.J. Burnett's armor Wednesday night, but, when the game was over, Stubbs' at-bats helped to represent Burnett's dominance. Stubbs reached first on an error in the first inning. He walked in the sixth. In between, Burnett retired 17 consecutive batters..." May 31

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