LATEST ON A.J. BURNETT
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a one year to A.J. Burnett late last week, a team source says. The offer is believed to be for $10 million, a number the Pirates won’t go higher and have made that known to Burnett’s camp, the source says.
As of Monday the Pirates had not received a response but the Pirates know the offer will be rejected. Burnett seeks a contract in the ball park of what he made last season, $16.5 million. The Pirates paid him just $8.5 million.
The Pirates have grown increasingly frustrated with the Burnett camp who have left the Pirates in the dark, not returning calls, text messages or emails, Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned.
Burnett has publicly said he will either retire or sign with the Pirates. Team officials believe Burnett is considering other teams.
The Pirates have been attacking free agency with the mindset that A.J. Burnett won’t be back and the team made a strong push to sign Josh Johnson last week, offering Johnson an incentive deal that would have made the total contract worth close to $10 million. Johnson signed with the San Diego Padres.