Impending free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett has stated a desire to return to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also stated a desire to potentially retire.
We’re not sure of Burnett’s deciding factor, though, we do know the team has reached out to Burnett and according to team president Frank Coonelly, ‘made it clear’ the team wants him to return:
“We’d like to have A.J. back,” Coonelly said after the Pittsburgh City Council honored the Pirates organization and named Oct. 22, 2013 ‘Pittsburgh Pirate Day.’ “Everybody has made that clear; we’ve made it clear to A.J.”
Burnett, who is 37-years-old, was extremely solid for Pittsburgh this season, posting a 3.30 ERA alongside 10 wins in 191 innings of work. It was his second straight impressive season for the Pirates after winning 16 games for the club in 2012.
Of course, thanks to the Tim Lincecum contract, the price on the pitching market has likely increased so it may cost the Pirates a bit more to keep Burnett in Pittsburgh but it appears to be a price they’re willing to pay.