Sep 21, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) delivers a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Baltimore Orioles waiting on A.J. Burnett before making other moves

The Baltimore Orioles must really want A.J. Burnett back in orange and black.

The veteran pitcher has been undecided about returning to baseball or opting for retirement, a decision that apparently became much more difficult when the Pittsburgh Pirates declined to give Burnett a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer he was reportedly ready to accept.

Now weeks later, Burnett has yet to re-sign with the Pirates who were hoping to bring back the starting pitcher on a more team friendly deal. That has lead to speculation that Burnett could pitch elsewhere, a suggestion that seemed somewhat laughable when free agency broke. However, the Baltimore Orioles have remained constant in their pursuit for Burnett and reportedly are waiting on a decision from the veteran before moving on to other available free agent arms:

Source: #Orioles seem to be waiting on response from AJ Burnett before pursuing other starting pitchers. He looks like their main target.

Staying in the National League would seemingly be best for Burnett’s game, though, potentially not his wallet if Baltimore is willing to overpay for his services.

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  • scott stevens

    The Pirates after having 1 great year seem to be making every effort to destroy whatever baseball excitement was gained last year. Terrible PR comments, dumpster diving for cheap rejects, letting last years additions leave with absolutely no offers. What gives?
    Is our owner that frugal and selfish to allow his thriftiness to prevent this team from taking the next step. Thanks for nothing Nutting.

  • John Fenton

    I thought Scott Stevens was talking about the Orioles and their loathsome owner…Pirates had a good just like the O’s the year before and they are copying the O’s return to sub .500 play. Sad