Ray Searage was on 93.7 The Fan today, and was asked whether he thought A.J. Burnett would return. Searage said that the team is still waiting, but that he expects Burnett to retire and doesn’t expect him back. The interview and the article can be found here.
All off-season the discussion surrounding Burnett has been on the qualifying offer. Eventually there were reports that the Orioles were interested if he did decide to return. However, all indications are that Burnett hasn’t decided if he’s going to return or retire. If he was only looking for money, he would have been able to sign elsewhere. It has looked like he’s leaning more toward retiring. It seems that Searage shares the same opinion.