After resurrecting his career in Pittsburgh, A.J Burnett has settled with the Phillies on a two year deal worth $22.5 million. The deciding factor for A.J. was his family. He wanted to try and remain close to his home in Maryland. Burnett thought about retiring last year, but come January he started throwing again and he wanted to give it ago. Last season Burnett won 26 games with a 3.31 ERA.
Burnett has had somewhat of a rocky career. Lifetime he is 147-132 with a 3.99 ERA in 375 major league games. Over the course of 15 seasons he has spent time with the Pirates, Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins. His last two season in New York were forgettable after he went 21-26 with a 5.20 ERA. Last year remains a huge bright spot in Burnett’s career. He helped guide the Pirates to their first playoff appearance since 1992.
Hopefully A.J. Burnett will find his way like he did with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. If he can win more than 25 games it would be a huge plus for the Phillies starting rotation. The last thing we need is for A.J. to have a rocky start; it could spell trouble for the rest of the season.
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