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Report: Pirates have been scouting Phillies starter A.J. Burnett

Jul 20, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

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As the Pirates prepare to gear up for another run at the post-season, they may be looking to bring back a familiar face. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a Pirates scout went out of his way to watch Burnett while he made his start at Turner Field against the Braves on Friday.

Burnett struggled, allowing six runs over five innings. In his first season with the Phillies, Burnett has not had nearly the same success that he enjoyed in his two seasons with the Pirates. On the season, the right-hander owns a 4.08 ERA over 21 starts. He has allowed a league-leading 58 walks. Part of the struggles may be attributed to the inguinal hernia, which he has been dealing with since mid-April.

Burnett, 37, is earning $7.5 million this season. His contract includes, for 2015, a $15 million mutual option or a $7.5 million player option. The player option can increase to as much as $12.75 million depending on how many starts he makes. He is currently at 21. Three more starts (24) will bump it up to $8.5 million; six more bump it up to $10 million; nine more bump it up to $11.75 million; 11 more bump it up to $12.75 million.

  1. theageofquarrel - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    How about, no

  2. belgariontheking - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    A fifteen dollar mutual option. Hell, I’ll pay him sixteen dollars!

    • Bill Baer - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      I offer tree fiddy

      • tuberippin - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:50 AM

        Damnit woman, don’t be givin’ that damn Loch Ness Monster no tree fiddy!

  3. chiadam - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    He’s been pretty bad and has a 4.08 ERA. A quality start translates to a 4.50 ERA. More proof that quality starts are the stupidest stat of all time.

  4. docboss - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Desperate men make desperate moves. Please don’t do it.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    This just in from my barber: The Orioles, Pirates and Yankees are all interested in A. J. Burnett. Better the devil you know said one scout for one of his former teams. Apparently, the Jays are not interested in resurrection of the devil and are not interested.

  6. bronco58lb - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Joey Buttafucco Phillies fan look alike: “Tyler Glasnow or no deal”

    • tuberippin - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:51 AM

      That joke wasn’t funny the first time you tried it out on here, and it’s not going to get any more humorous the more you use it.

  7. bryan43016 - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Absolutely not Pirates

  8. fleaman1381 - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Please, no.

  9. mungman69 - Jul 20, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    He said that he wants to stay a Phillie. That what he said.

    • tuberippin - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:52 AM

      That’s what he said*

  10. ejheim62 - Jul 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I hope the Pirates don’t do it. Look, the guy is a bulldog, and he did well for us in 2012 and 2013. But I don’t want to see the Bucs trade away a prospect for a guy that chose not to stay with the team. I don’t blame him for taking the cash – I know I would have, too – but still……

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