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