Los Angeles Angels Rumors: Should Team Pursue Pitcher A.J. Burnett?

By Bob Garcia IV
A.J. Burnett
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With the recent announcement that A.J. Burnett is planning to pitch this upcoming season, the Los Angeles Angels should gauge the interest of the right-hander.

After struggling mightily in his three seasons with the New York Yankees, the 37-year-old has since rebounded over the last two years with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In his two seasons as member of the Pirates, Burnett has averaged 13 wins with a 3.40 ERA, 195 strikeouts, 1.23 WHIP in 196.2 innings pitched. These numbers may not be eye poppers, but what they do show is the that he has been a formidable pitcher in the majors over the last two years.

Despite posting two seasons with an ERA above 5.00 with the Yankees, Burnett has been a reliable and durable pitcher on the mound as he has made at least 30 starts and thrown at least 186.0 innings for the past six seasons.

As for the Angels, they are looking for another starting pitcher, and the 14-year veteran could be a possible fit. Now the question may arise why sign Burnett?

Why not?

Burnett is likely to play no more than one or two seasons in majors as he was contemplating retiring for most of this offseason. So with that said, the 37-year-old would be on a short-term deal and likely be counted on as a back end of the starting rotation pitcher.

The Halos have made it a priority to address their pitching needs this offseason, so signing Burnett would be another step towards improving their pitching staff that ranked in the bottom half of the league in several important pitching categories.

The addition of Burnett would not only help the Angels better their starting rotation, but it would also provide a veteran arm who could offer advice and guidance to the team’s younger starting pitchers in Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs.

So if the Halos do indeed have interest in the veteran right-hander, they must act fast as the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies are in hot pursuit of his services.

Bob Garcia is a  sports writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Bgarcia90. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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