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A.J. Burnett signs one-year deal with the Phillies

Feb 12, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT


Here’s something that could lessen the blow of Cole Hamels missing a few starts this April.’s Jim Salisbury confirms the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-hander A.J. Burnett.

The Phillies apparently won a bidding war against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles to acquire Burnett’s services. He bolsters a starting rotation that was looking unproven at best after Hamels and Cliff Lee at Nos. 1 and 2.

The deal is said to be for $16 million.

Burnett posted a 10-11 record, 3.30 earned run average, and a National League-best 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings with the Pirates in 2013. His solid 1.35 ground ball to fly ball last season ratio should play well at Citizens Bank Park.

He is 37-years-old, which is a concern and means he should fit right in the clubhouse. Despite more jokes about age though, there’s absolutely no harm in giving Burnett one year and attempting one last run at the playoffs with this core.

>> Source: Phillies agree to deal with A.J. Burnett [CSN]

  1. willh888 - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    the movie about Benjamin Button.. that aint real, Rubes

  2. TheDude - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Had to do it, and he was the best name still out there for the short-term. I wonder what the NTC (if there is one) is on his contract.

  3. rockstonic - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    This is an old man I actually have no problem with signing. 1 year deal, no risk, for a proven pitcher. What’s not to like about this?

    • willh888 - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      at least it’s only one year. It’s just tough to imagine Burnett making more than Yu Darvish, David Price, Adam Wainwright and Jared Weaver. Before his short stint with the Pirates he was a mess with an ERA well above 5 as well as leading the league in wild pitches. Maybe he’ll bring whatever he figured out in Pittsburgh but c’man, can’t pass up a chance to tease rube about another 37 year old

  4. Mike - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    The only down side to this is it makes them better and, if they don’t completely collapse (95-100 losses), Ruben will be back.

  5. thekrisheim - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM


  6. PhilsPhaninVA - Feb 12, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    They best not give him the same number he had in Pittsburgh…34

  7. Andy Schreiber - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Heck, I wish it were a 2-year deal. What’s not to like?

    • Greg - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      That he’s 37

      • Andy Schreiber - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        Didn’t exactly cause any problems the last couple seasons, did it? He has shown no signs of breaking down.

  8. Dennis Minuti - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    We need all the help we can get. With Cole not being out if the woods I propose a trade…Charles.Joseph BIDDLE, Quinn and Kendrick for PRICE.

    • Tasty cakes - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Nice try rube

  9. David - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    I don’t think I can possibly care less about this deal. The Phillies get a good-but-not-great player for a year in which they are going to be, at best, good but not great. Then he goes away and the roster mainstays get a year older.


  10. Chris D - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    “He is 37-years-old, which is a concern and means he should fit right in the clubhouse.”

    This is a great sentence whether the humor was intentional or not.

  11. sumkat - Feb 13, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Keeping this core together as long as they have has been, and continues to be an awful idea

    That being said, IF they are going to insist on keeping this core together, I have no problem adding a guy like Burnett on a 1 year deal. It strengthens their rotation a big amount, and makes them a player for the wild card spot (I still don’t think they have near the offense).

    if they play awful and are out of it by late June, I’m sure a contender would consider him for a rental. Worst case, that doesn’t happen, and you let him walk at the end of the year


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