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A.J. Burnett

  1. Orioles going “all in” trying to sign A.J. Burnett

    Jan 30, 2014, 11:43 AM EDT

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    Yesterday news broke that A.J. Burnett plans to pitch in 2014 and isn’t necessarily committed to re-signing with the Pirates, which opens the door for other contenders to make a last-minute run at the 37-year-old who was one of the NL’s best pitchers last season. Baltimore was immediately mentioned as a potential landing spot because…

  2. The Orioles pursuit of A.J. Burnett in 2005: “no way we sign a guy with nipple rings”

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:01 AM EDT

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    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun talks about the Orioles’ potential pursuit of free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett. In the process, he tells an amusing story about the last time the O’s had a chance to get Burnett. It was in 2005, when the Marlins were shopping him before he hit the free agent market.…

  3. Blue Jays remain interested in free agent starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana

    Jan 29, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal shares the buzz at FOXSports.com: The Toronto Blue Jays, in need of another starting pitcher, might finally be preparing to pounce. The Jays have yet to make an offer to a free-agent starter, according to major league sources. But they have done extensive background work on right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, digging into his medical…

  4. A.J. Burnett isn’t retiring and is open to leaving the Pirates

    Jan 28, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    For the past several months the assumption has been that A.J. Burnett would either retire or return to pitch for the Pirates, with calling it a career at age 37 seemingly being in the lead of late. However, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review the free agent right-hander “will return to pitch…

  5. A.J. Burnett still hasn’t decided if he’s retiring, so the Pirates keep waiting

    Jan 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    Two weeks ago Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage said he was assuming that A.J. Burnett will retire, but the 37-year-old right-hander has yet to make a decision with less than a month until pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Searage reached out to Burnett in…

  6. Pirates pitching coach expects A.J. Burnett to retire

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:40 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage was interviewed on 93.7 radio in Pittsburgh and indicated that he expects free agent A.J. Burnett to retire, saying: I’m on that percentage point where he’s not going to come back. Right now I’m leaning that way, where he’s going to retire. Burnett was one of the best pitchers in…

  7. Orioles among teams interested in Bronson Arroyo

    Jan 6, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT

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    We heard over the weekend that that the Orioles’ top priority was to add a starting pitcher, so it should come as no surprise that ESPN’s Buster Olney names them among the teams interested in free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo. Olney writes that contract terms is the big question, but Arroyo won’t cost nearly as…

  8. Orioles’ top priority is adding another starting pitcher

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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    The Orioles are still unsettled at closer and could use another bat for the designated hitter spot, but Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that adding another starting pitcher is the club’s “primary focus” at this time. As we have heard throughout the winter, veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett is at the top of their list.…

  9. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  10. 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.…

  11. Pirates still waiting to hear from A.J. Burnett

    Dec 8, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Free agent right-hander A.J. Burnett has said publicly and privately that he will either pitch for the Pirates in 2014 or retire from baseball for good. The Bucs want him back and are prepared to commit a significant portion of their budget to the cause, but the 36-year-old has not made an official decision about…

  12. Rakuten Golden Eagles may not post Masahiro Tanaka due to $20 million posting fee limit

    Dec 7, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball recently agreed to a new posting system, altering the way Major League teams pursue Japanese talent. One of the changes capped posting fees at $20 million, meaning that if multiple teams are willing to pay the fee, the player can negotiate with them all, with only the winner…

  13. Jose Fernandez wins National League Rookie of the Year Award

    Nov 11, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

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    Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez was announced as the winner of the National League Rookie of the Year Award by the BBWAA this evening, beating out finalists Yasiel Puig and Shelby Miller. Fernandez received 26 out of 30 first-place votes while Puig received the other four. Fernandez becomes the first Cuban-born player to win the National…

  14. Would A.J. Burnett pull a Roger Clemens?

    Nov 10, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. UPDATED: Everything about today’s qualifying offer deadline

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Here’s the wrap on how Monday’s qualifying offer deadline went down. First, here’s a quick guide to the qualifying offers game: Teams are allowed to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents they’ve employed for at least a year and thus secure a draft pick if they depart. That pick will come immediately following the…

  16. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  17. Pirates president wants A.J. Burnett back if he doesn’t retire

    Oct 23, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    A.J. Burnett has said he’s weighing whether to re-sign with the Pirates or retire at age 36 and Pirates president Frank Coonelly left no doubt that he’d like Burnett to re-sign for 2014, telling Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: We’d like to have A.J. back. Everybody has made that clear; we’ve made it…

  18. Are the Yankees preparing for a shopping spree?

    Oct 18, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Sources close to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand tell him that the Yankees are preparing for a shopping spree that could total as much as $300 million. Marchand recalls that the last time the Yankees unloaded that much money in a single off-season came after the 2008 season, when the Yankees committed a total of $423 million…

  19. Top-of-the-order struggles doom Pirates in NLDS

    Oct 9, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

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    It was the bats that failed the Pirates in the end. Starling Marte finished the NLDS 1-for-19 with one walk and a hit by pitch from the leadoff spot. Neil Walker, right behind him batting second, was 0-for-19 with two walks. It’s tough to generate much offense when your top two hitters reach base a…

  20. Season on the line, Pirates to turn to rookie Gerrit Cole

    Oct 7, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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    It’s not a surprise now, but it would have been a week ago: the Pirates will go to Gerrit Cole over A.J. Burnett in Wednesday’s decisive Game 5 against the Cardinals. Burnett has won 26 games with a 3.49 ERA in his two seasons with the Pirates, but that’s all been undone by one hideous…

  21. Gerrit Cole shines in postseason debut as Pirates win Game 2

    Oct 4, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole

    Partly because they were worried about his innings count, the Pirates seriously considered putting Gerrit Cole into the bullpen for the postseason. It’s a very good thing they didn’t. Cole pitched six innings of one-run ball and singled in the first run of the game as the Pirates beat the Cardinals 7-1 to even up…

  22. A.J. Burnett’s dud could end career on a sour note

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Despite another strong season in which he posted a 3.30 ERA and finished fifth in the NL with 209 strikeouts, free-agent-to-be A.J. Burnett is contemplating retirement this winter. It’s hard to imagine that he’ll want to go out like that, though. Burnett was blasted for seven runs in two-plus innings Thursday in the Pirates’ Game…

  23. Cardinals cruise to Game 1 victory over Pirates in NLDS

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

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    Adam Wainwright lived up to his billing as an ace while A.J. Burnett imploded as the Cardinals cruised to a 9-1 blowout win over the Pirates in Game 1 of the NLDS on Thursday at Busch Stadium. This game got out of hand rather quickly, as Burnett gave up seven runs in the third inning…

  24. Cardinals score seven runs in third inning to chase A.J. Burnett early in Game 1 of NLDS

    Oct 3, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran, A.J. Burnett AP

    The Cardinals have stormed out to an early lead over the Pirates in Game 1 of the NLDS. Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett completely melted down in the bottom of the third inning, giving up seven runs before being pulled from the ballgame. He failed to record an out in the nightmare frame. The ugly inning…

  25. Pirates-Cardinals NLDS Game 1 lineups

    Oct 3, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    A couple of teams who know each other well. Lineups which look pretty much like we’d expect them to. It’s on in St. Louis in a couple of hours. Game 1 of the NLDS: Pirates: Starling Marte LF Neil Walker 2B Andrew McCutchen CF Justin Morneau 1B Marlon Byrd RF Pedro Alvarez 3B Russell Martin…

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