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A.J. Burnett says he’ll probably retire after this year

Aug 20, 2014, 9:12 AM EDT

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Jim Salisbury of reports that, even though A.J. Burnett has a player option that stands to make him $12.75 million next year, he’s leaning toward retirement:

The ball is completely in Burnett’s court — or should we say wallet? — because his deal is a player option. If the 37-year-old right-hander comes back for a 17th season, he gets the money. If he packs his baseball memories in a duffel bag and takes it to the house, he doesn’t get the money.

So, is Burnett going to pitch next season?

“I have no idea,” the pitcher said after taking the loss Tuesday night. “Probably not. But we’ll see.”

It’s been a pretty bad year for A.J. He’s 6-14 with a 4.42 ERA. He also leads all of baseball with 76 walks. Playing for a losing team and, at times anyway, appearing frustrated, it’s not hard at all to see why he might want to hang it up. And if he does, he does the Phillies a financial favor.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    I wish I was rich enough to throw away 12.75 million dollars.

  2. sportsfan18 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Beginning this season, his career ERA+ was 105 like Jack Morris.

    But he’s not pitched well and its gotten worse and it’s now down to 103…

    He blew it…

    Of course A.J. has earned OVER $135 million in career earnings to a measly $26 million that Jack did…

    Sad isn’t it?

  3. toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    With player options, do they have until a certain date to let the team know if they are fulfilling that option or not?

  4. hcf95688 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    retire? Who knew he was still playing?

  5. pete2112 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Don’t do us any favors A.J.. Just retire. I sort equate A.J. to Jay Cutler. A.J. has a lot of the tools to be a HOF caliber pitcher but he’s never been able to put it together for a consistent stretch and you’re always left scratching your head as to why.

  6. stex52 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    I would think his agent could re-negotiate a deal whereby the Phillies slip him a couple million and he retires. Mutually beneficial to both sides.

    Doubt the Player’s Union would like it, though.

    • raysfan1 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      All that would take is some sort of “personal services” contract, and the MLBPA wouldn’t say a word.

      • stex52 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        It’s doable in several ways. But I still think the MLBPA will be on him not to turn down his option.

  7. floyd7070 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Last offseason, Burnett said he would be playing with Pittsburgh if he decided to keep pitching. So, we should take this ‘retirement’ talk with a grain of salt.

    • kevinbnyc - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      That was my thought too. If he keeps this up, he’s going to be the Brett Favre of baseball, and will finally walk away after an injury and controversy plagued year with the Mets.

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