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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.