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MLB Rumors: Pirates pitching coach thinks AJ Burnett will retire

Sep 6, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Both the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates have been awaiting an announcement from pitcher A.J. Burnett in regards to his pending retirement.

Now months into the free agency period, Burnett has yet to give a final answer, though Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage says he believes Burnett has tossed his last inning:

#Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage on A.J. Burnett: “Right now I’m leaning that way, where he’s going to retire.” #FanMorningShow

Burnett, 39, wasn’t extended a qualifying offer by the Pirates when free agency broke – an offer he said he would have accepted. Of course, at $14.1 million dollars, it’s understandable why Pittsburgh didn’t throw that kind of money at the aging starting pitcher.

The Baltimore Orioles meanwhile have been eagerly anticipating Burnett’s decision but recently hinted that they simply couldn’t wait any longer and would begin to explore other alternatives moving forward.

Burnett finished the 2013 season with a 10-10 record though had a relatively impressive 3.30 ERA in the process.

If he does retire, he’ll end his career with a 147-132 record and a 3.99 ERA in 15 seasons.

Topics: A.J. Burnett, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates

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