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A.J. Burnett Prefers the Pirates, But His Salary is Not Preferred

A.J. Burnett Prefers the Pirates, But His Salary is Not Preferred

Ken Rosenthal has some interesting updates on A.J. Burnett:

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/491622435972997120

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/491622440003698688

There's a lot to break down here, so some quick thoughts.

1. It's interesting that Burnett is now saying he prefers the Pirates, since his whole off-season decision was about preferring to play for the Phillies. Of course, the Phillies aspect could have been due to the fact that he was guaranteed $23 M in the deal, due to his player option (which I'll get to in a second).

2. I don't put much stock in what the players are looking for. Every year we hear a bit about what the players want, and it's always the same trend. Players tend to focus on names, and not on numbers. Right now Burnett is a big name, but the numbers aren't really an upgrade over what the Pirates currently have in their rotation.

3. Burnett's option will go up to $8.5 M after three more starts. With the pace he's on, he'll p...

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