Found November 05, 2013 on Sports Injury Alert:
The Pittsburgh Pirates have declined the $14.1 million qualifying offer on all three free agents eligible to receive it according to MLB.com’s Tom Singer. The free agents are shortstop Clint Barmes and right-handed pitchers Jeff Karstens and A.J. Burnett. Refusing to make the offers to Barmes (who lost his starting role) and Karstens (who missed all of 2013 to rotator cuff surgery) comes as no surprise as both made far less in 2013. However, Burnett made $16.5 million in 2013 although the New York Yankees paid approximately half of it. By not getting the offer, all three become free agents, and the Pirates will not receive any draft pick compensation from the teams who sign them. The Pirates could still work out contracts, and they might try to do so with Burnett, who figures to command a large salary for any team in need of a starter. Burnett finished the season 10-11 but with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. He was one big reason the Pirates ended their 20-year postseason drought. Burn...
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