Countdown to Spring Training: Day 37
The Pirates are still waiting to see if A.J. Burnett will stay or go. Two weeks ago Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage said he was assuming thatA.J. Burnettwill retire, but the 37-year-old right-hander has yet to make a decision with less than a month until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.
Bill Brink of thePittsburgh Post Gazettereportsthat Searage reached out to Burnett in an effort to learn of his plans, but hasnt heard back. General manager Neal Huntington has been speaking to Burnetts agent, referring to the situation as still working through the process.
Burnett indicated early in the offseason that hell either call it quits or re-sign with the Pirates, which means Pittsburgh must be willing to spend another $10-$15 million in payroll and boot someone from the current rotation if he opts to return. Theyd gladly do both given that Burnett was one of the best pitchers in the league last season, but its still putting the team in a tough spot.
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