Pirates Expected To Offer A.J. Burnett Qualifying Offer

AJ_Burnett_Pirates_2013The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to tend A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer, reports Tom Singer of MLB.com.

Burnett is coming off a second straight 30-start season for Pittsburgh, posting a 3.30 ERA over 191 innings. The right-hander struck out 209 batters, the fifth-most strikeouts among NL pitchers.

“My decision is not playing for another team, it’s whether or not I’m going to play period. That decision is going to be based on my family.”

The qualifying offer is worth $14.1 million, so Burnett could take a slight paycut if he accepts the deal; the starter made $16.5 million in 2013. If Burnett decides to return in 2014, the two sides may negotiate a new deal after he accepts the offer, according to Singer.

Source: Connor Moylan, SB Nation