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Pirates' pitching coach thinks A.J. Burnett will retire

By on 1/09/2014 04:00:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates won 94 games last season and made it to the post season for the first time since 1992.  A key contributor to the rotation was right-handed veteran A.J. Burnett, who posted a 10-11 record with a 3.30 ERA.  He lead the Pirates in innings pitched and in strikeouts.  But the Pirates may have to do without Burnett, as there is a possibility he may retire. reported a tweet by Ben Livingston, producer of the Fan Morning Show on 93.7 The Fan, on Burnett's status.

Burnett has stated that he'll either retire or return to the Pittsburgh for one more season. Rumors have it that the Baltimore Orioles are also interest in Burnett for this season. 

Should Burnett sign with the Orioles or retire, they still have a solid core of starting pitchers in Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Charlie Morton, Wandy Rodriguez and Jeff Locke. The five combined for a record of 49-30 with a 3.29 ERA.

Burnett is a 15-year Major League veteran who has pitched for the Marlins, Blue Jays, Yankees and Pirates. He has nine consecutive seasons with at least ten wins, with a season high of 18 in 2008.  Burnett has three seasons with 200 or more strikeouts and lead the league in strikeouts in 2008.  In 375 career games, he has a record of 147-132 with an ERA of 3.99 and 2,180 strikeouts.


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