A.J. Burnett jumps ship to Phillies

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Right-hander A.J. Burnett agreed to join the Philadelphia Phillies on a one-year deal worth $16 million Wednesday, according to multiple media reports.

The deal is being finalized before an announcement is made.

His team for the past two seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals have also expressed interest in his services.

The 37-year-old Burnett earlier announced that he would return to the Pirates as a free agent this year or retire.

He spent much of the winter mulling his next move before deciding in late January to continue playing.

He 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 is 147-132 with a 3.99 ERA over parts of 15 seasons with the Pirates, Yankees, Blue Jays and Marlins.

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