Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 3/27/13
Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett, told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, that he is considering retirement after the 5-year $82 million dollar contract he signed with the New York Yankees runs out. Burnett, 36, made his Major League debut in 1999 with the Florida Marlins, followed by stops in Toronto and New York and has a win-loss record of 137-121 coming into this season. He’s coming off a very prductive season for the Pirates where he posted a 3.51 ERA while winning 16 games. The 2-times World Series champion says that if he returns then it’ll only be to the Pirates. “I enjoy it here and I enjoy these guys,” Burnett said Thursday after pitching three innings in his final spring training tuneup. “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.” ...
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