Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:42:21 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett will actually make $15 million in base salary this season, although it will come out to $16 million if the Phillies exercise his $1 million buyout. If the option is exercised, he'll earn $15 million in 2015. If the team declines, he can trigger a $7.5 million option for 2015. His limited no-trade protection will allow the veteran to name nine teams to which can be traded. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark also reports the option for 2015 could reach $12.75 million, and Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported Burnett could earn $1.75 million in unspecified performance bonuses each year.
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:23:59 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is not revealing his plans for the March 31 regular season opener against the Chicago Cubs. Whoever is tabbed for the assignment will be the seventh different opening day starter, as last year's selection, A.J. Burnett, is now a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. The last Pittsburgh pitcher to start consecutive opens was SP Oliver Perez in 2005-06.
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 05:28:34 -0800
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies SP A.J. Burnett's one-year deal has a mutual option for 2015 at an undisclosed salary and a limited no-trade clause.
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:03:56 -0800
The Pittsburgh Pirates offered SP A.J. Burnett (Phillies) $12 million to return for the 2014 season, but the Philadelphia Phillies beat that offer by $4 million.
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:11:20 -0800
Updating a previous report, the Philadelphia Phillies have signed free-agent SP A.J. Burnett (Pirates) to a one-year deal worth $16 million.
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:02:51 -0800
The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to an undisclosed one-year deal with free-agent SP A.J. Burnett (Pirates) Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Fantasy Tip: Burnett is expected to be guaranteed a rotation spot, which will likely push Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez out of the picture. However, depending on Cole Hamels' (shoulder) status for the start of the regular season, Gonzalez could still begin the year in the starting five.
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:05:54 -0800
The Philadelphia Phillies are still pursuing free-agent SP A.J. Burnett (Pirates).
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:47:44 -0800
The Washington Nationals could consider going after free-agent SP A.J. Burnett (Pirates). The Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates are all interested in his services. A person with knowledge of the Nationals' plan said they'll "most likely" stick with their current rotation unless a "value" materialized. The Phillies and Orioles were the prime candidates for Burnett, but it's now unlikely either team will sign him.
Sun, 02 Feb 2014 17:59:17 -0800
The Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates appear to be the three leading candidates to sign free-agent SP A.J. Burnett (Pirates).
Sun, 02 Feb 2014 00:12:48 -0800
Contrary to a previous report, the Baltimore Orioles may not be involved in signing free-agent SP A.J. Burnett (Pirates) to a new deal. "I'm not sure where that report came from, but we'd like to sign a veteran starter and there are a couple qualified veteran starters who are still on the market," Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said. Duquette indicated the team may be interested in a veteran pitcher.