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A.J. Burnett is still mulling over retirement

Sep 21, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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A.J. Burnett said during spring training that he was considering retiring after the 2013 season. Six months later, he’s still thinking about the possibility.

According to Karen Price of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Burnett said yesterday that retirement has been in the back of his mind all season and that he’s “50-50” on whether to return in 2014. The 36-year-old indicated that he should have a better idea about the next step depending upon on things play out in October.

“I do want to go out with a bang, and I do want to go out a Pirate,” said Burnett, who will start Saturday against Cincinnati in the Pirates’ second-to-last home game of the regular season.

Burnett has revitalized his career since coming over from the Yankees, posting a 3.47 ERA in 59 starts over the past two seasons. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said that the club has interest in bringing him back, but he should receive lucrative offers from multiple teams if he decides to continue his career.

  1. eatitfanboy - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Burnett put up pretty solid regular season numbers in New York, too. Pirates fans are about to find out this October why no one was sorry to see him leave.

    • ilovekneegrows - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Burnett had a 4.79 ERA as a Yankee in the regular season, 5.08 ERA in the post season. Not exactly night and day or the exaggeration you make it out to be.

      He has a 3.47 ERA as a Pirate. I think he’ll be just fine.

  2. danby21 - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Should become short relief or closer role. He’s could dominate in those situations.

  3. badintent - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    He finally reached manhood in Pittsburgh and grew up.Still has great stuff and a live arm.Yankees will resign him like they did Pettitte and Clemens

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