The Pittsburgh Pirates did not extend a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer to starter A.J. Burnett on Monday afternoon, a qualifying offer Burnett was reportedly set to accept if offered.
It wouldn’t have been the worst situation for the Pirates as the qualifying offer would have only been good for one season, allowing the team to avoid any multi-year deals with Burnett who is nearing 37.
Alas, the team decided it was too costly of a deal and decided they’d prefer to engage in a smaller contract with Burnett, who is considering potential retirement. It’s still an option he’s mulling, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune:
“A.J. remains undecided,” his agent Darek Braunecker wrote in an email to the Tribune-Review on Tuesday.
Burnett has all but said he plans to either return to the Pirates or retire, so it doesn’t appear there will be any outside teams sparking Burnett’s interest, despite many potential suitors who’d be looking to secure his services.
Simply put, for a small market club like the Pirates, one year offer or not, $14 million dollars is a hefty chunk out of their available funds.