David Todd of ESPN 970 had Neal Huntington on his show this afternoon, discussing why the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't tender A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer. The podcast might eventually go up on David's page, but for now here is his summary of the Burnett conversation.
Neal Huntington said that the Pirates couldn't afford $14 M for Burnett. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
There are a lot of things to unpack from this. First, if the Pirates feel that they can't spend $14 M on one player, then that's going to create problems for them in the future. Taking that literally, that means they can only afford Andrew McCutchen for the next two seasons before he starts making $13-14 M per year. I'm not going to take this literally though, since I think this is more about Burnett.
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