Pirates GM hopes to re-sign Burnett if he doesn't retire

Sep 22, 2:43 PM

If A.J. Burnett decides not to retire following the season, Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington assured fans he will do everything he can to get him to re-sign with the club.

On the season, the right-hander has compiled a 9-11 record with a 3.39 ERA. 

Sep 21, 12:26 PM

Pirates P A.J. Burnett still considering retirement

Sep 21, 12:26 PM

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett is considering hanging up his cleats at the end of this season.

The 36-year-old, who is in the final year of a five-year, $82 million contract, says he's still '50-50' on whether or not he continues playing beyond 2013, and may choose to walk away in order to spend more time with his family.

If he does decide to walk-away, he wants to do it on a high note.

“I do want to go out with a bang, and I do want to go out a Pirate,” Burnett told the Tribune-Review.

Although Burnett is 8-11 this season, he sports a solid ERA (3.43), and is part of a Pirates club that is enjoying their best season in decades, something that isn't lost on the veteran right-hander. 

“You don't want to go home and regret it, so I see what they mean,” said Burnett. “That's why it's been one start at a time for me. I've been more involved in these guys than myself for that reason, so I don't think about it. Just one day at a time, happy to be here.”