Pittsburgh Pirates likely to extend qualifying offer to A.J. Burnett

Oct 3, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning in game one of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Hey – if the San Francisco Giants can pay Tim Lincecum $15 million for a season, the Pittsburgh Pirates can do the same for A.J. Burnett, right? Well, apparently, that’s their plan as they’re expected to offer Burnett a qualifying offer worth $14.1 million, this according to MLB.com’s Tom Singer.

In all likelihood, the Bucs will make his the qualifying offer of $14.1 million and he will accept — buy both sides time to negotiate a new deal if he decided to go on.

Burnett has all but suggested that it’s either a return to the Pirates or retirement, though, despite being 37-years-old, money talks and turning down that type of deal would be slightly insane.

It’s quite a pretty penny for the Pirates to give Burnett, though, it’s not more than a one year commitment and there is no telling what type of free agent the Pirates could bring in considering the think pitching market.

If anything, it shows the Pirates are trying to win which is more than can be said for the past two decades.

Topics: A.J. Burnett, Pittsburgh Pirates

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