Oct 3, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) waits for a new baseball after giving up a three-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran during the third inning in game one of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Pirates do not extend qualifying offer to A.J. Burnett


The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially elected not to extend a qualifying offer to pitcher A.J. Burnett, according to CBS’s Jon Heyman. The qualifying offer was $14.1 million, a lot of money for the Pirates who fall in the small market division of Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh had the fourth smallest payroll in the league with $66.3 million.

The only teams with smaller pay roles in the 2013 season were the Rays, Marlins and Astros.

Burnett was a solid pitcher for the Pirates in the season that ended their playoff drought. He played 30 games, pitched 191 innings and had a 10-11 record. Burnett also had a 3.30 ERA. Opponents batted .231 against him this season and he had a 1.21 WHIP.

In two postseason innings he fave up 6 hits and 7 earned runs in a 9-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

He’ll likely get attention on the free agent market, but at 36-years old you have to wonder if he’ll command that kind of money again.

 

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