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Pirates likely to extend qualifying offer to AJ Burnett

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05:09 PM ET 11.01 | The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to offer starting pitcher A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer worth $14.1 million. Burnett has all but suggested that it's either a return to the Pirates or retirement, though, despite being 37 years old, money talks and turning down that type of deal would be slightly insane. It's quite a pretty penny for the Pirates to give Burnett, though, it's not more than a one-year commitment and there is no telling what type of free agent the Pirates could bring in, considering the pitching market. If anything, it shows the Pirates are trying to win, which is more than can be said for the past two decades.

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November 2, 2013  05:35 PM ET

AJ is needed to help them get to tje plsyoffs, he throws a lot of innings!

November 2, 2013  10:35 PM ET
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AJ is needed to help them get to tje plsyoffs, he throws a lot of innings!

Just leave him off the postseason roster.

November 3, 2013  10:27 AM ET

an often injured inconsistent pitcher at the end of his career worth $14 million ??

 
November 5, 2013  04:56 PM ET

The Pirates didn't extend a qualifying offer to AJ. He's still deciding if he's going to retire or not. So, no need. He's already said Pirates or retirement next year.

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