Phillies and A.J. Burnett agree to one-year deal

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
February 12, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
@Philabaseball
The Phillies have agreed to terms with veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett on a one-year contract.

Sources close to the Review confirm the agreement will pay Burnett $16 million for the 2014 season.

Burnett, 37, is coming off a 2013 season in which he notched a 3.30 ERA (107 ERA+) and career-best 3.12 K/BB ratio in 191 innings for the Pirates. He also led the NL in strikeout rate and boasted a 2.33 groundball/fly ball ratio. 

Burnett had been considering retirement for much of the winter, but last month he decided to pitch one more season. The Pirates, Orioles and Nationals had been among his other suitors. 

With the Phillies, Burnett likely will step in as the No. 3 starter in the rotation, behind Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Kyle Kendrick likely will round out the Phils' staff

- The Philadelphia Baseball Review is Philadelphia's top baseball news blog covering the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies.

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