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Pirates Won’t Pay A.J. Burnett Market Rate

Pirates Won’t Pay A.J. Burnett Market Rate

 

The A.J. Burnett situation hasn't changed much. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Tom Singer has an update on A.J. Burnett, which has been pretty much like the previous updates. The Pirates are still waiting on Burnett to decide if he's going to retire or return, and Neal Huntington says the Pirates can't pay him market-value money.

To the latter issue, we knew the Pirates weren't going to pay him market rate when they declined to make him a qualifying offer. That offer would have been for $14.1 M. Burnett has put up a 7.0 WAR combined the last two years, which means at $5 M per win he would be worth about $17.5 M per year. That makes a one year, $14.1 M deal a value for Burnett. What I found interesting was Huntington's comments from the article.
"The unfortunate reality of the market is, if he's into that, he's gonna pitch somewhere else," Huntington said. "We've got funds we would gladly allocate to A.J. If he or others want a market-value deal, they'll sign elsewhere. It...

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