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.
pirates officially do not extend qualifying offer to a.j. burnett now. $14.1M is a lot for small market with deep pitching.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 4, 2013