Report: A.J. Burnett, Phillies agree to 1-year, $16 million deal
A.J. Burnett agreed to a one-year deal with the Phillies on Wednesday, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. The deal is worth $16 million, according to multiple reports.
Burnett, 37, will join his fifth major league team after seven seasons with the Marlins, three with the Blue Jays and Yankees and two in Pittsburgh. He is 147-132 with a 3.99 ERA in 375 appearances (370 starts), including 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA last season for the Pirates.
Burnett has thrown at least 190 innings in five of the last six seasons, including three 200-inning years. He also had a career-best 3.12 strikeout/walk ratio last season.
Burnett has made eight postseason starts, going 2-3 with a 6.37 ERA.
Salisbury also reports that Cole Hamels won’t be ready for opening day, meaning Burnett will likely be plugged in as the team’s No. 2 starter behind Cliff Lee.
Phillies have a one year deal with Burnett, source confirms.
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) February 12, 2014