Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says that a source has told him that A.J. Burnett will return to pitch in the Major Leagues in 2014. He will not limit himself to just a return to the Pirates; Sawchik says that he is open to pitching for other clubs and will likely test the entire market to see what’s out there.
Burnett had a resurgence in Pittsburgh after struggling mightily with the Yankees two season ago. Last year, the right hander pitched to a 10-11 record with a 3.30 ERA making 30 starts. Burnett has made at least 30 starts in each of his last six seasons and has hovered near the 200 innings pitched mark as well. In 2013, Burnett also set a career-high 9.8 K/9.
The Little Rock, Arkansas native, who resides in Monkton, Maryland, going into his age-37 season, earned $16.5 million last season. He will likely earn less than that in taking a one-year contract with a team this season. He is not tied to draft-pick compensation.