The Pirates will do everything in their power to keep A.J. Burnett. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
With the Pittsburgh Pirates currently in a playoff race, the upcoming off-season moves take a back seat as far as priority goes. That said, the Pirates will have some interesting decisions to make this off-season. One decision is whether to keep starting pitcher A.J. Burnett.
That decision won't be completely up to the Pirates. Over the weekend it was reported that Burnett is 50/50 on retiring after the season. If he does return, he would be open to returning to the Pirates. And if he is open to returning, the Pirates will want him back.
"We’re going to do everything within our power to keep A.J. here," Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said on Sunday. "Our goal is to have A.J. be a Pittsburgh Pirate next year absolutely."
It's hard to peg what Burnett's value would be on the open market. There haven't been many pitchers his age who have gone the free agent route. Ryan Demp...
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