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First Pitch: Recapping Actual A.J. Burnett News

First Pitch: Recapping Actual A.J. Burnett News

A.J. Burnett will return in 2014, but he might not return to the Pirates. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

After months of no real updates on the A.J. Burnett saga, and nothing but repeats of the same old news, we finally got an update today. Travis Sawchik reported that Burnett planned to pitch in 2014, and that he would be open to returning to a team other than the Pirates.

I had a bunch of thoughts on the entire Burnett saga, and decided to list them in no specific order. I then went on to sum everything else up at the end. I've said most of this stuff before, so you've probably heard a lot of it. Well, except for this first part, which is new today.

**First, it's still possible that the Pirates could re-sign Burnett. I personally don't think it's likely. Then again I don't know any details of the negotiations, what Burnett is asking for, what the Pirates are offering, and what other teams are interested and offering. So basically, I'm like everyone else with an opinion.

**Al...

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