A.J. Burnett back with Pirates, signs 1-year deal

A.J. Burnett will be back with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman who reports that Burnett and the team have agreed to a one-year deal worth $8.5 million.

A fan favorite in Pittsburgh, Burnett, 37, spent two seasons with the Pirates in 2012 and 2013. He started 61 games, pitched two complete games (one of them a shutout) and posted a 3.41 ERA during the regular season.

Burnett lost the only postseason game he pitched for the Pirates in the 2013 NLDS but has had success in the postseason in the past, winning a World Series ring with the New York Yankees in 2009.

A.J. Burnett. Getty Images.
A.J. Burnett. Getty Images.

He signed with Philadelphia after the 2013 season, thinking he’d be playing for another contender but the Phillies ended up last in the National League East. 

It’s fairly apparent that Burnett wanted out of Philly because according to Deadspin, Burnett turned down the $12.75 million player option then signed with the Pirates for $8.5 million thus losing about $4.25 million dollars.

Now Burnett is obviously where he wants to be and I am sure the Pirates are happy to have him back, especially for a mere $8.5 million.

In his career Burnett is 155-150 in 409 appearances, all but five of which were starts. He has a career 4.04 ERA over 16 seasons in the big leagues.

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