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Will Burnett walk away from $14.1M?

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07:28 AM ET 11.01 | Pittsburgh is out to get at least a portion of its band back together. Of their seven free agents, the Pirates are eager to re-sign three: Right-hander A.J. Burnett, outfielder Marlon Byrd and shortstop Clint Barmes. That leaves Justin Morneau, John Buck, Kyle Farnsworth and Jeff Karstens at least on the backburner -- and, most likely, out. Burnett's case is by far the most intriguing -- because he has gone on the record that he will either pitch for the Pirates or retire. A heck of a negotiating stance, should he decide to continue his career. In all likelihood, the Bucs will make his the qualifying offer of $14.1 million and he will accept -- buy both sides time to negotiate a new deal if he decided to go on. The five-day exclusivity window is a non-issue with Burnett, given his Bucs-or-out stance.

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November 1, 2013  08:18 AM ET

They could just keep offering him one year deals. There's not much risk when he's made it clear he won't go elsewhere

November 1, 2013  08:18 AM ET

Was he the guy that choked when they got dumped out of the playoffs?

November 1, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Marlon Byrd for sure. He seemed to fit right in and was very productive towards the end of the regular season, as well as in the playoffs.

November 1, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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Marlon Byrd for sure. He seemed to fit right in and was very productive towards the end of the regular season, as well as in the playoffs.

Agreed. I'd hate for the Pirates to lose him. He seemed to like Pittsburgh, but he was playing for the Mets so anywhere else is bound to feel like heaven.

I also hope the Pirates can keep Burnett. He was good in the regular season, but he just couldn't beat the Cards in St. Louis. They should have held up his start until the series got back to Pittsburgh where he was much better. They put Cole in to start the last game instead of Burnett so he may need his ego stroked a little after that one.

November 1, 2013  10:54 AM ET

what ? no more yankee money ? ha, bucs have paid very little to AJ

November 1, 2013  10:56 AM ET
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what ? no more yankee money ? ha, bucs have paid very little to AJ

They've rebooted their franchise and will have more money of their own to spend. They have to keep the pitching to continue being successful.

November 1, 2013  03:22 PM ET

I hope AJ doesn't retire and comes back next year.

November 1, 2013  03:24 PM ET

I'd like it if they got Byrd back too but he may want a longer deal than the Pirates will likely offer. have some good RF prospoects in the minors so thye may notoffer more than a year or two to Byrd.

November 1, 2013  03:25 PM ET

If they bring Barmes back it better be on the cheap and not as a regular but bench player.

 
November 1, 2013  03:26 PM ET

QUAD!!!

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