Pittsburgh Pirates
Career W-L
155-150
 
Career ERA
4.04
Name  A.J. Burnett
Born  1/3/1977
Height  6-4
Weight  225
Number  34
Position  SP
Bats  R
Throws  R
11/14/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Right-hander A.J. Burnett will return to the scene of his last successful seasons, Pittsburgh, for 2015.
Insight: Burnett agreed to a one year deal. He was 26-21 in two seasons with the Pirates from 2012-13. He'll try an capture the magic again after an 8-18 campaign in Philadelphia.
 
11/3/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Right-hander A.J. Burnett declined his $12.75 million player option with the Phillies, for 2015.
Insight: He will now become a free agent, and his agent said Burnett wants to continue pitching, preferably for a contender, during the upcoming season.
 
11/1/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: The Phillies and right-hander A.J. Burnett both declined their $15 million mutual options for 2015.
Insight: Burnett still has a player option for $12.75 million for next season, and will have a few more days to make that decision. If he does not retire, he probably would not fetch more than that on the open market.
 
10/9/2014 4:49:00 PM
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett is expected to pitch in 2015, according to Jon Heyman.
Insight: He has a $12.75 million player option with the Phillies, and will have five days after the World Series is completed, to decide whether or not to exercise it. Burnett led all of baseball with 18 loses, and combined with a 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP, he will likely not fetch as much money on the open market.
 
9/27/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett finishes off season to forget.
Insight: He takes the loss and is now 8-18, making him the leaderi n loses for the National League. Burnett finishes 2014 with a 4.59 ERA. It will interesting to see if he retires or comes back for one more go-around.
 
9/6/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched seven innings and allowed one run on six hits on route to beating the Nationals, 3-1.
Insight: The victory was Burnett's eighth of the season, but the right-hander has had a very disappointing season overall. He is 8-15 with a 4.29 ERA, 169 strikeouts in 191 innings this year. He has pitched better recently, going 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in his last three starts.
 
8/31/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett pitched another subpar game, allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings against the Mets on Sunday.
Insight: Burnett did strike out eight and walk only one, but the 37-year-old has won just one of his last nine starts. Since July 28, Burnett is 1-6 with a 6.18 ERA. Don't start him if you can help it.
 
8/25/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander A.J. Burnett struck out a season-high 12 batters and gave up one run on three hits in seven innings Monday against the Nationals.
Insight: Burnett lost his previous six decisions and had a 7.52 ERA in his previous five starts. The right-hander is 7-14 with a 4.30 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP and a 157/77 K/BB in 178 innings this season.
 
Cold8/8/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander A.J. Burnett has allowed 17 runs (13 earned) on 22 hits in his last 12 2/3 innings.
Insight: Burnett gave up 11 hits and five runs in six innings Friday against the Mets. He leads the majors with 68 walks and is 6-12 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 157 1/3 innings.
 
6/10/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander A.J. Burnett enjoyed one of his best outings of the season Tuesday against San Diego.
Insight: Burnett looked much better than he did in his previous start (6 IP, 10 H, 8 ER Wednesday against the Nationals), allowing just three hits and two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. He'll toe the rubber again Sunday versus the Cubs.
 
5/20/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett has issued 30 free passes in 59 2/3 innings.
Insight: Burnett has otherwise been solid (3.32 ERA, 53 H, 5 HR, 50 K in 59 2/3 IP), but he has a 1.39 WHIP and is playing with fire by walking so many batters.
 
Hot5/3/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett has allowed one earned run in six innings of work against Washington.
Insight: Burnett has now gone five games giving up two runs or less to lower his ERA to 2.06. He's been worth every penny to the Phillies rotation and fantasy owners.
 
Hot4/27/2014 8:17:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett has allowed two earned runs and posted an 18/3 K/BB in 21 2/3 innings since he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia.
Insight: Burnett has been pitching with the hernia for a few weeks and started out with a 3.94 ERA, and a 10/14 K/BB in his first 16 innings. After throwing up an 8/0 K/BB and allowing no runs on five hits in eight innings Sunday at Arizona, Burnett suddenly has a 2.15 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
 
4/17/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander A.J. Burnett (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 K's) was outstanding in Thursday's no-decision against Atlanta.
Insight: Burnett's outing is even more impressive when you consider he's been pitching with a hernia for the past few weeks. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Dodgers.
 
4/14/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett will start Wednesday against Atlanta despite a hernia, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: He'll start for the Phillies but shouldn't be in any fantasy rotations at the moment. He has a 3.94 ERA but has walked 14 batters and given up 17 hits in 16 innings (1.94 WHIP).
 
4/11/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett left Friday's start in the top of the fifth inning with groin soreness, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com. He was removed for precautionary reasons.
Insight: He threw 106 pitches, walked six batters and allowed two earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings before signaling for the trainer. However, he remained in the dugout after being removed from the game. The 37-year-old has 14 walks and 10 strikeouts in 16 innings this season.
 
4/11/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett left Friday's start in the top of the fifth inning with an apparent injury.
Insight: He threw 106 pitches, walked six batters and allowed two earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings before signaling for the trainer. However, he remained in the dugout after being removed from the game. The 37-year-old has 14 walks and 10 strikeouts in 16 innings this season.
 
2/12/2014 12:09:00 PM
Description: The Phillies have come to terms with righthander A.J. Burnett on a new one-year contract. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Burnett will earn $16 million in 2014. He figures to be Philadelphia's No. 3 starter behind Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Burnett has gone 3-3 with a 4.71 ERA in eight career games at Citizens Bank Park.
 
2/7/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Free agent righthander A.J. Burnett would prefer to pitch in the National League. SOURCE: Roch Kubatko, MASN
Insight: That means he probably won't be pitching for Baltimore in 2014. The Orioles were interested but the feeling doesn't appear to be mutual. Burnett has narrowed his search down to two teams: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Pirates, the team Burnett pitched for last season, are considered the favorites.
 
2/2/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: The Orioles, Phillies and Pirates are considered the frontrunners to land free agent starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: The Blue Jays and Rays are also thought to be in the mix. Burnett spent his last two seasons in Pittsburgh though that doesn't necessarily make the Pirates the favorites. The 37-year-old flirted with retirement this offseason so it's unlikely he'll be looking for anything longer than a one-year contract.