It appears that the career of right-hander A.J. Burnett is winding down, as the 37-year-old tells CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury that he is unlikely to play following this season. When asked about his possible retirement, Burnett responded by saying "I have no idea. Probably not. But we'll see."
Coincidentally, last night's start also marked Burnett's 27th of the season, meaning he will now receive $10 million rather than $8.5 million should he choose to play next season. As part of Burnett's intriguing
Not too surprising considering his age, Burnett is having a rough year in his first season with Philadelphia. He has been burdened by a sports hernia, but has yet to miss a start, and in 171 innings pitched, he has a 4.42 ERA, 4.12 FIP, 7.6 K/9, 4.0 BB/9, and 0.9 WAR. He currently leads the NL with 14 losses and 76 walks issued. His 2014 performance is a far cry from Burnett's strong season with the Pittsburgh Pirates last year. In 191 innings, he had a 3.30 ERA, 2.80 FIP, and 4.0 WAR, while posting a league-leading 9.8 K/9.