Phillies, A.J. Burnett agree to one-year, $16 million contract
The Phillies have bolstered their rotation by agreeing to terms with veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett for 2014.
The Phillies have agreed to terms with veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett on a one-year contract. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms the agreement and adds that the deal will pay Burnett $16 million for the 2014 season.
Burnett, age 37, is coming off a 2013 season in which he notched a 3.30 ERA (107 ERA+) and career-best 3.12 K/BB ratio in 191 innings for the Pirates. He also led the NL in strikeout rate and boasted a 2.33 groundball/fly ball ratio. For his career, Burnett owns an ERA+ of 105 across parts of 15 major-league seasons. Burnett had been considering retirement for much of the winter, but last month he decided to pitch one more season. The Pirates, Orioles and Nationals had been among his other suitors.
This news come on the same day that Phillies lefty Cole Hamels announced his season likely won't start on time because of shoulder tendinitis. Burnett figures to slot in the Philly rotation behind Cliff Lee and, when healthy, Hamels.