Skip to content

Would A.J. Burnett pull a Roger Clemens?

Nov 10, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

a.j. burnett getty Getty Images

A.J. Burnett is a 36-year-old free agent with over $120 million in career earnings and is considering retiring to spend more time with his family. He has stated publicly that if he does pitch in 2014, it will only be for the Pirates. But the veteran right-hander isn’t going to take a pay cut after a superb 2013.

MLB.com’s Tom Singer has an idea that might make everybody comfortable:

Burnett is torn between his real family and the Pirates family? Neither professional pride — nor, for that matter, the union — would let him take a pay slash?

Burnett could satisfy both of those conditions by making a midseason return, a la Roger Clemens a few years back. That would allow Burnett family time, and for the Bucs to shoehorn the prorated portion of an eight-figure salary into their budget. And, just in case a jolt is needed both in the clubhouse and at the gate, imagine the impact of a mid-June Burnett landing.

Clemens posted a 2.30 ERA (194 ERA+) in 19 starts with the Astros in 2006 after inking a one-year deal in late May and a 4.18 ERA (108 ERA+) in 18 appearances with the Yankees in 2007 after signing May 6.

Burnett had a 3.30 ERA (107 ERA+) and 209 strikeouts in 191 innings this past year for Pittsburgh.

Latest Posts
  1. Jose Abreu is third-fastest in MLB history to reach 30 career home runs

    Jul 26, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

    Jose Abreu AP AP

    Only Rudy York (1937) and Mark McGwire (1987) got there faster.

  2. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jul 26, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

    Rays AP AP

    A quick recap of a busy Friday around MLB, including another win for the red-hot Rays.

  3. The Dodgers are going bananas with triples against the Giants

    Jul 26, 2014, 12:28 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig Yasiel Puig

    Triples galore for the Dodgers in San Francisco on Friday night.

  4. Video: Watch Ichiro Suzuki end his homerless drought

    Jul 25, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro Suzuki went yard for the first time this season, taking Mark Buehrle deep. He had previously homered on August 30 last year against the Orioles.

  5. Jose Bautista isn’t impressed with Derek Norris and Sean Doolittle’s beards

    Jul 25, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg Reuters

    Jose Bautista isn’t a huge fan of the beards Athletics Derek Norris and Sean Doolittle are sporting.

  6. The Atlantic League is adding new rules to speed up ballgames

    Jul 25, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

    Alarm Clock

    The Independent League is taking measures to speed up games. Could MLB do the same?

  7. Report: Cardinals in the process of signing A.J. Pierzynski

    Jul 25, 2014, 9:35 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Boston Red Sox Getty Images

    The Cardinals are trying to add yet another catcher in A.J. Pierzynski, which would mean George Kottaras could be on his way out.

  8. Daisuke Matsuzaka is back in New York to have his right elbow examined

    Jul 25, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka Daisuke Matsuzaka

    The struggling Daisuke Matsuzaka will have his elbow examined, which will let the Mets know how to proceed.

  9. Jimmy Rollins’ 2015 option just became guaranteed

    Jul 25, 2014, 7:55 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins Getty Images

    Jimmy Rollins needed 1,100 plate appearances total between 2013-14 in order for his $11 million option for 2015 to become guaranteed. He hit PA #1,100 during tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks.

  10. Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez return to Dodgers’ lineup

    Jul 25, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig Yasiel Puig

    Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez are back. Making things even more interesting, Puig will play center field.

  11. Mariners option Jesus Montero to Triple-A to make room for Kendrys Morales

    Jul 25, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales Kendrys Morales

    Jesus Montero gets the boot back to Triple-A to make room for the recently-acquired Kendrys Morales.

  12. It’s happening: Giants call up Dan Uggla from Triple-A

    Jul 25, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla Getty Images

    Dan Uggla is back in the big leagues! What could go wrong?

  13. Rangers place Jake Smolinski on the disabled list

    Jul 25, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT

    Jake Smolinski Rangers AP

    Career minor leaguer Jake Smolinski got a chance in Texas because of the Rangers’ never-ending injuries and took advantage by hitting .389 in 11 games, but now he’s headed to their crowded disabled list with a bone bruise in his foot.

  14. Five teams are showing interest in Matt Kemp

    Jul 25, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp Getty Getty Images

    No word on whether the Dodgers are one of them.

  15. David Ortiz returns to Red Sox lineup after back injury

    Jul 25, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

    David Ortiz AP

    Presumably enough time has passed for some of the animosity to fade, but Ortiz’s at-bats will definitely be worth watching tonight.

  16. Chris Capuano will make his Yankees debut Saturday

    Jul 25, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT

    Chris Capuano Getty Getty Images

    Acquired from the Rockies yesterday for cash considerations, left-hander Chris Capuano will join the Yankees’ rotation and make his debut Saturday versus the Blue Jays.

  17. Ryan Howard is riding the pine once again

    Jul 25, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Los Angeles Dodgers Getty Images

    Tonight makes sense. Yesterday’s benching still makes none.

  18. A’s acquire Deck McGuire from Blue Jays

    Jul 25, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    deck mcguire blue jays Getty Images

    McGuire was the 11th overall pick in 2010 and his pro career got off to a good start, but he’s struggled against more experience competition and has an ERA above 5.00 between Double-A and Triple-A.

  19. Injury disclosures loom large for future MLB drafts

    Jul 25, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

    Lucas Giolito AP AP

    Issues caused by pre-existing injuries could lead to more disagreements, such as the one between Brady Aiken and the Astros that was played out on a public stage.

Featured video

Three legends off to Cooperstown
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. T. Tulowitzki (3288)
  2. R. Howard (3194)
  3. C. Headley (2965)
  4. Y. Puig (2845)
  5. H. Ramirez (2818)
  1. M. Trout (2736)
  2. B. Belt (2582)
  3. C. Lee (2433)
  4. H. Street (2322)
  5. J. Soria (2263)