According to Travis Sawchuk on Twitter, a source has confirmed that A.J. Burnett will pitch during the 2014 season and he is open to pitching for another team besides the Pittsburgh Pirates. There have been rumors that both the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies would be interested in Burnett if he decided to return and now it seems like they will have a chance to make him an offer. There is also the possibility that more teams could be interested now that his return has been confirmed.
The Pirates have maintained the stance that if Burnett wishes to return they would have the money and desire to sign him, despite reports that they have turned the page. They haven't made any moves in the meantime, so there still should be a spot for him if he wants to return to Pittsburgh and a...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.