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:
#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.