Oct 3, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher A.J. Burnett (34) waits for a new baseball after giving up a three-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran during the third inning in game one of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Orioles, Phillies, Pirates finalists to sign A.J. Burnett?

The Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates waited all offseason for starting pitcher A.J. Burnett to make a decision about his pending retirement.

Eventually, they decided they could no longer wait and decided exploring alternate opportunities.

Ironically enough, just days later – just weeks before starting pitchers and catchers are to report to Spring Training – Burnett decided he would forgo retirement and return for at least another season.

The interest from the Pirates and Orioles has paid off though as they, along with the Philadelphia Phillies, are thought to be the finalists to sign Burnett.

We mentioned last week that the Orioles could be the wild card for Burnett because he lives in Baltimore. And it’s really looking like a Baltimore-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh runoff for his services.

Nick Cafardo also mentions it wouldn’t be shocking if the New York Yankees attempted to get in on the bidding, but there’s been no confirmation of that and one would think Burnett would prove to be too costly given the Yankees current salary situation.

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  • Al Dattolo


    • endofthedial

      He’s been great for the Pirates the last two years.

      • JoeDaBeast

        AJ has already proven he can NOT pitch in New York. He was successful prior to and after playing for the Yankees. I hope he signs with Baltimore. Buck Showalter is doing great things with that squad and hopefully AJ gives up his typical bombs when he comes into Yankee Stadium.

  • BBWeekly

    Surely he is smart enough to stay away from the American League East, right? Why go out getting shelled? I think this comes down to the Pirates and the Phillies.