Posted February 12, 2014

Report: A.J. Burnett, Phillies agree to 1-year, $16 million deal

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A.J. Burnett (Ron Vesely/Getty Images)

A.J. Burnett has won at least 10 games in nine straight seasons. (Ron Vesely/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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2 comments
JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

good for you AJ.  get your $$$$$$$ .   screw what anyone else thinks

William27
William27

seems insane to me to pay someone who choked in a big city before (NYC) such a large amount of money