A.J. Burnett is 50-50 on returning to baseball next year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Karen Price of the Trib reports that A.J. Burnett is 50-50 on playing baseball beyond 2013 or retiring. This is something we've heard all year, even during Spring Training before the season started. Burnett has said he would be open to a return to the Pirates. The only other team that has been heavily speculated has been the Baltimore Orioles, since that is Burnett's home town. It's hard to imagine that Burnett would have the same role in another city that he has in Pittsburgh, where he is currently the leader of the pitching staff, and one of the leaders of the team.

Bringing Burnett back would be a big boost to the 2014 rotation. Currently that rotation will feature Francisco Liriano, Charlie Mort...

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