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 deal can be worked out.