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A.J. Burnett Still Undecided About Retirement

A.J. Burnett Still Undecided About Retirement

Over the last few days we've gotten an indication that A.J. Burnett was still deciding between retiring and returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ken Rosenthal reports that Burnett is still undecided on that decision.

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/410103813321007104

This isn't a big surprise, but it is significant because it's the first time I've seen any report actually say that Burnett remains undecided. Until now it has mostly been speculation and connecting the dots. That process has led to other speculation, such as the fear that Burnett could sign with another team for more money.

The Pirates were one of at least two teams today that met with Bronson Arroyo's agent. That gives some indication that they are starting to move on from Burnett, or at least thinking about alternatives....

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