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Pittsburgh Pirates starter A.J. Burnett, who will enter the 2013 season in his final year of his five-year, $82 million contract, is mulling over retirement following the 2013 season.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

“I enjoy it here and I enjoy these guys. If I was to keep playing, I wouldn’t want it to be anywhere else but Pittsburgh. My wife and I talk about it now and then. But it’s something I’ve got to put on the back burner. I’m just going to concentrate on this season, one start at a time.”

“I know it’s going to come up. These guys (teammates) keep getting on me about it. They keep saying, ‘Two more (years)! Two more!’ I don’t know. We’ll see. It’s a family thing, my kids are 9 and 12 now. I’m sure if I mention retiring to them, they’d say, ‘No, keep playing.’ But … I don’t know.”

Burnett, who started his career with the Florida Marlins back in 1999, went 16-10 in his first season with Pirates with a 3.51 ERA, 3.52 FIP and 3.40 xFIP. Over his career, he has a 4.05 ERA, 3.97 FIP, 36.4 fWAR and 137 wins with the Marlins, Blue Jays, Yankees and Pirates. The rotation to open the season consists of Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, James McDonald, Jeff Locke and Jonathan Sanchez.

Comments (3)

  1. WHY NOW??

    WHY NOT 3 YEARS AGO???

    Oh ya, tons of fuckin money,

  2. Some things never change. Nice to see that Burnett is still so driven to succeed, and has so much ambition to, say, win a ring, or something trivial like that before he contemplates retiring.

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