The Pittsburgh Pirates are determined to re-sign free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett, but the veteran simply isn’t responding.
Burnett, who informed the Pirates he needed time to decide between playing again this season and retirement has still yet to give the team an answer in regards to his status. That lead to pitching coach Ray Searage contacting Burnett, who has apparently yet to respond.
Roughly three months have passed since Burnett, the free-agent right-hander who spent the past two seasons here, told KDKA-FM that he planned to return to the Pirates or retire. Burnett, 37, has given no indication of his plans, and Searage said he has not heard from Burnett despite reaching out. General manager Neal Huntington said last week that he continues to communicate with the Burnett camp.
Burnett was reportedly hoping the Pirates would offer him a one year, $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer but Pittsburgh did no such thing. That lack of a contract may have either heightened tensions on Burnett’s side or he simply isn’t ready to play for anything less.
The Baltimore Orioles have also expressed interest in Burnett, though recently suggested they needed to move on.