Pirates awaiting Burnett's decision
Free-agent pitcher A.J. Burnett had not yet informed the Pirates of a decision to pitch in 2014 or retire. The Pirates declined to make Burnett a one-year qualifying offer of $14.1 million last week but have indicated they would like him back on a one-year deal at a lesser dollar amount.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington hoped to speak with Burnett on Tuesday night. The Pirates have reached out to other free-agent pitchers, and if Burnett does not return, the Pirates plan to add another veteran starter.
“I want A.J. to be happy, I want A.J. to do what makes him happy,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Neal has let him know, I have let him know that we would be happy with him returning and pitching for us.”
— Travis Sawchik
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Pirates notebook: Bucs unlikely to make trade before deadline
- Rossi: Cole perfect pitcher to start pivotal series for Pirates
- Monday’s scouting report: Pirates at Cardinals
- Pirates’ Polanco runs into rookie wall
- RF Heisey, Reds avert sweep with a victory over Pirates at PNC Park
- Sunday’s scouting report: Pirates vs. Reds
- Biertempfel: First base becoming new hot corner for Pirates
- Statistically speaking: Can Pirates contain Hamilton on bases
- Stats Corner: Corner men Marte, Snider deliver punch