Assuming A.J. Burnett takes a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer which is likely to be presented to him by the club, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be paying over $27 million dollars combined for both he and Wandy Rodriguez as the right handed starter exercised his player option today.
Rodriguez, who suffered an injury in the middle of the season wasn’t expected to accept the player option had he remained healthy, however, few teams are willing to shell out cash for a pitcher coming off an arm injury, something Rodriguez was well aware of.
That lead to the six game winner (he only had twelve starts) opting to exercise his option instead of testing the market for a potential multi-year deal:
Wandy Rodriguez has told
#Pirates that he has exercised $13 million player option in his contract for 2014. #NoSurprise
Once Rodriguez went down with injury, the assumption was that he would exercise the option. He’ll be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2014 season, assuming the two sides don’t agree on an extension before that.