SOUTH HILLS – As you are probably aware of by now, A.J Burnett returned to the Pirates on Friday, signing a one-year, $8.5 million deal. He turned down a $12.75 million option to remain with the Phillies.
The Pirates benefited from an usual market for a free agent pitcher. The Pirates were the only team Burnett told his agent to negotiate with. Said Burnett’s agent Darek Braunecker: “It’s the only place he wanted to play in 2015. He instructed me to negotiate exclusively with the Pirates and thankfully there was mutual interest.”