The Philadelphia Phillies decided to offer A.J. Burnett a contract he could not refuse. With a $15 million season in 2014 and an option for next season, Burnett needed to impress opposing teams the past few months and he has failed miserably. With a 6.33 ERA in four August starts, Burnett could have been traded during this waiver period. Philadelphia will likely be stuck with him for next season as well.
The over-priced starting pitcher has announced that he could retire after the 2014 season. Burnett will be 38 years-old following the season and with a terrible end to this season, he could very well call it quits.
Burnett hasn’t changed much since the beginning of his career. He has been a strikeout pitcher with a great difference in speeds throughout his entire career. Burnett is second among active pitchers (C.C. Sabathia) in strikeouts. With an impressive career 8.29 K/9, I believe Burnett has a few more years of MLB caliber baseball left in his career.
The Phillies were looking to trade Burnett prior to the trade deadline, but his recent failures had teams second-guessing themselves. He has gotten even worse in August, pausing his chances of getting traded until next season. Burnett will likely become a commodity that contending teams will be searching for as their final piece of the rotation. However, if he decides to retire, then the Phillies saw little to no return for the $15 million they gave Burnett in the final stage of his career.