Found January 10, 2014 on WHYGAVS?:
This is a day late and I have a little bit more planned for next week along these lines, but Ray Searage told 93.7 yesterday that while he's not completely certain of AJ Burnett's status for 2014, he's preparing for the season as if he's not going to have Burnett available to him. This is what he has to do as the pitching coach, of course, but it seems awfully unlikely to me at this point that Burnett will wear a Pirate uniform next year and so I want to use Searage's statement emphasize a point that I made in Wednesday's longer post.  These are the 2013 Pirate starters, listed by number of starts made: AJ Burnett - 30 Jeff Locke - 30 Francisco Liriano - 26 Charlie Morton - 20 Gerrit Cole - 19 Wandy Rodriguez - 12 Jeanmar Gomez - 8 James McDonald - 6 Brandon Cumpton - 5 Jonathan Sanchez - 4 Kris Johnson - 1 Phil Irwin - 1 Burnett, Liriano, Morton, Cole, and Rodriguez made 107 ...

Pirates' pitching coach thinks A.J. Burnett will retire

The Pittsburgh Pirates won 94 games last season and made it to the post season for the first time since 1992.  A key contributor to the rotation was right-handed veteran A.J. Burnett, who posted a 10-11 record with a 3.30 ERA.  He lead the Pirates in innings pitched and in strikeouts.  But the Pirates may have to do without Burnett, as there is a possibility he may retire. Rotoworld...

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