Skip to content

A.J. Burnett might retire after the 2013 season

Mar 27, 2013, 10:59 PM EST

a.j. burnett getty Getty Images

A.J. Burnett is entering the final chapter of that failed five-year, $82.5 million contract that he signed in December 2008 with the Yankees. Having made all that money, the 36-year-old righty is thinking about walking away from the game a bit early.

Burnett told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Wednesday that he might retire from baseball when the 2013 season ends to spend more time with his family. He’s being pressured by his Pirates teammates to stick around for two more years and help lead the organization’s turnaround, but Burnett has two kids nearing their teenage years and he wants to be more involved in their lives as they grow into young adults.

“It’s a family thing,” the veteran starter said Wednesday in Pirates camp. “My kids are 9 and 12 now. I’m sure if I mention (retiring) to (the kids), they’d say, ‘No, keep playing.’ But … I don’t know.”

Burnett posted a superb 3.51 ERA in 31 starts last season for the Bucs, striking out 180 batters in 202 1/3 innings. He was traded from New York to Pittsburgh in February 2012 for two minor leaguers.

Latest Posts
  1. Tommy Milone had a benign tumor removed from his neck

    Jan 24, 2015, 10:40 PM EST

    Tommy Milone Tommy Milone

    Tommy Milone underwent neck surgery in December to remove a benign tumor, but he was able to resume throwing just over two weeks later.

  2. Twins GM Terry Ryan could see Byron Buxton debuting in 2015

    Jan 24, 2015, 9:35 PM EST

    Byron Buxton Getty Images

    Top prospect Byron Buxton could be wearing a Twins uniform in the major leagues at some point this season according to GM Terry Ryan.

  3. Tigers, Al Alburquerque avoid arbitration with a one-year deal

    Jan 24, 2015, 8:30 PM EST

    Al Alburquerque AP

    The Tigers and reliever Al Alburquerque avoided arbitration with a one-year deal on Saturday.

  4. Proposed Jonathan Papelbon trade to Brewers is “on life support”

    Jan 24, 2015, 7:25 PM EST

    Jonathan Papelbon Jonathan Papelbon

    A Jonathan Papelbon trade to the Brewers may not be happening after all.

  5. Mariners considering bringing back Franklin Gutierrez

    Jan 24, 2015, 6:20 PM EST

    Franklin Gutierrez Getty Images

    Franklin Gutierrez could make a return to the Mariners. The 31-year-old outfielder has had trouble staying healthy over the last few years.

  6. Twins and Brian Duensing agree to one-year deal to avoid arbitration

    Jan 24, 2015, 5:28 PM EST

    Brian Duensing Getty Getty Images

    Duensing he has been useful and durable as a middle reliever over the past two seasons, posting a 3.67 ERA (110 ERA+) in 115 1/3 innings over 135 appearances.

  7. Report: Brandon Beachy has decided on a team

    Jan 24, 2015, 4:53 PM EST

    Brandon Beachy AP

    Beachy is currently making his way back from his second Tommy John surgery.

  8. Report: More than 200 scouts attended recent workout for Cuban infielder Hector Olivera

    Jan 24, 2015, 4:01 PM EST

    Hector Olivera Getty Getty Images

    The Giants, Padres, Rangers, Braves, and Yankees are among the teams showing strong interest in Olivera.

  9. 1953 scouting report for Ernie Banks

    Jan 24, 2015, 3:15 PM EST

    Ernie Banks AP AP

    Check out this scouting report from when Banks was 22 years old.

  10. Joe Posnanski: Remembering ‘Mr. Cub,’ Ernie Banks

    Jan 24, 2015, 2:40 PM EST

    MLB Photos Archive

    From the start, even in those turbulent times, even though Chicago was finding its way in a changing America, people in Chicago did not see the color of his skin. From the start, Chicago loved Ernie Banks.

  11. Ryan Vogelsong “really wasn’t comfortable with what was going on” with Astros before returning to Giants

    Jan 24, 2015, 2:16 PM EST

    vogelsong getty Getty Images

    Did something strange happen between Ryan Vogelsong and the Astros which led to his return to the Giants?

  12. Vince Coleman joining White Sox staff to help with baserunning

    Jan 24, 2015, 1:11 PM EST

    Vince Coleman Getty Getty Images

    Coleman, who ranks sixth on MLB’s all-time list with 752 stolen bases, spent last the two seasons as a minor league outfield/baserunning coach with the Astros.

  13. Athletics and Fernando Abad avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 24, 2015, 12:05 PM EST

    Fernando Abad AP AP

    Abad, 29, posted an excellent 1.57 ERA and 51/15 K/BB ratio across 57 1/3 innings out of Oakland’s bullpen in 2014.

  14. What they’re saying about the passing of Cubs legend Ernie Banks

    Jan 24, 2015, 11:11 AM EST

    Ernie Banks AP AP

    Reactions from a baseball world in mourning after the passing of Cubs legend Ernie Banks.

  15. Alex Rodriguez recently met with incoming MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Jan 24, 2015, 10:02 AM EST

    Alex Rodriguez AP AP

    With Rob Manfred set to take over for Bud Selig as MLB commissioner on Sunday, Alex Rodriguez recently paid him a visit in an attempt to clear the air and turn the page on the drama surrounding the Biogenesis scandal.

  16. Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s greatest players and greatest ambassadors has died at age 83

    Jan 23, 2015, 11:15 PM EST

    Ernie Banks

    There was only one Mr. Cub. And he was one of the greatest men in baseball history.

  17. Indians showing interest in Nolan Reimold

    Jan 23, 2015, 10:55 PM EST

    Nolan Reimold Nolan Reimold

    The Indians are considering bringing Nolan Reimold on board.

  18. Astros, Marwin Gonzalez avoid arbitration with a one-year contract

    Jan 23, 2015, 9:50 PM EST

    The Astros and utilityman Marwin Gonzalez avoided arbitration on Friday.

  19. Braves claim Eury Perez off waivers from the Yankees

    Jan 23, 2015, 8:45 PM EST

    Eury Perez Eury Perez

    The Braves added some outfield depth on Friday, claiming Eury Perez off waivers from the Yankees.

Featured video

Cubs shore up rotation with Jon Lester
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. R. Vogelsong (5640)
  2. J. Shields (4973)
  3. M. Scherzer (4193)
  4. I. Suzuki (4191)
  5. D. Fowler (3619)
  1. J. Santana (3477)
  2. Y. Gallardo (3451)
  3. J. Gomes (3327)
  4. J. Profar (3150)
  5. S. Strasburg (2863)