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Orioles have interest in A.J. Burnett if he chooses to extend career

Dec 13, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are feeling out free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett‘s interest in prolonging his career. If the right-hander wants to go for one more season, the Orioles will want to start a discussion. Kubatko adds that the O’s already met with representatives of Burnett at the winter meetings in Florida.

Burnett will turn 37 years old on January 3. He has been weighing retiring after 15 seasons in the Majors or coming back for another season. He spent 2013 with the Pirates, helping them end a 21-year playoff drought by posting a 3.30 ERA in 191 innings and leading the league averaging 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings.

  1. dirtydavid4 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Hope he gets paid nicely from the O’s the Pirates are fools if they don’t spend the money and sign this man AJ deserves just as much credit as the pitching coach Ray Searage for getting that rotation turned around AJ is a leader

    • paperlions - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Hard to re-sign a guy when he won’t discuss a contract because he hasn’t yet decided if he wants to play next year or not.

      Considering the O’s apparent budget crunch, it would seem unlikely they could sign him since he’s likely to command at least $12M on a one-year deal and probably closer to $15M.

  2. simjef - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I remember when the Orioles tried to get him once before,also he would add some stability to the rotation

    • mmeyer3387 - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      You are right, clearly the Orioles need pitching.

  3. steelers88 - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I really hope the Pirates can resign him. He would fit well in Baltimore because he lives so close to the city. However I don’t I’m not sure he wants to go back to the AL East and pitch in a hitters ballpark again. But if this is the end I wish you well AJ. it’s been one HELL of a ride. You will truly be one of my favorite Pirates. Thank You AJ for helping to turn the Pirates around.

  4. yournuts - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    AJ, don’t go back to the American League. Stay with the Bucs. You did a wonderful job with the Pirates and you will succeed in Pittsburgh.

  5. pisano - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    He’ll get lit up again in the AL if he comes back. If he’s smart he’ll stay in the NL, either that, or retire.

  6. benrob99 - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    If the Bucs would even come CLOSE to fair market value AJ would already be signed. Instead they’d rather screw around with bums like Volquez.

  7. jimmymarlinsfan - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Being that my cousin is AJ’s best friend on the team, it’s either Pittsburgh or retirement to spend time with family.

  8. thepittsburghkid - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Yeah, your cousin is Jeff Locke. I hope that’s still true.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Why would it not still be true? Do bloodlines magically change?

  9. ravensdac - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Considering his wife is from baltimore and he lives here in monkton in off season, him signing here would extend his career and let him be with family. So….tell your cousins best friends cousin, wrong.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Dec 15, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      If he signs with Baltimore, it’s because they make him he can’t refuse…which would mean over the top…and I don’t think the orioles go there….that’s the baseball fan in me though

  10. thepittsburghkid - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    I meant the information regarding AJ being true.

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