A.J. Burnett made $16.5 million in 2013. The Pirates, though, only paid the 36 year old pitcher $8 million of his $16.5 million salary with the Yankees picking up $8.5 million of it.
Are the Pirates ready to nearly double what they were paying Burnett last season?
That's the million dollar question when it comes to Burnett's future with the team. Pirate officials are anticipating a tough negotiation with the Pirates already expecting Burnett to seek around $15 million per season. The team does not plan to make Burnett a qualifying offer of $14.1 million.
Burnett has floated around the retirement talk but few are buying it and believe he will seek one last big pay day.
How high the Pirates are willing to go will be interesting with some high ranking officials tired of Burnett's act and there's also talk of Burnett not being the great teammate behind the scenes that the media tries to portray him as.