The Phillies fell to the Seattle Mariners last night and Burnett lost his MLB-leading 14th game of the season. But tonight's start, as bad as it might have looked on paper, was particularly important for Burnett's future. Burnett has a $15 million mutual option for 2015 and had a $7.5 million player option but Tuesday was Burnett's 27th start of the season which increased his player option to $11.75 million.
Now the player option doesn't seem like it will matter as the Phillies reportedly told other teams at the trade deadline that Burnett will retire at the end of 2014 and, in the same report, Burnett supposedly told teammates the same thing. That lends itself to questions following his 27th start and Burnett told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he will "probably not" pitch in 2015.
One of the reasons Burnett might be planning on hanging up his spikes is because he has spent hte majority of the 2014 season playing through an inguinal hernia. Another reason might be his numbers. Burnett, 37, is 6-14 with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 171 innings in 27 starts. Along with leading the majors in losses, he also leads the majors with 76 walks - 10 more than the next closest pitcher.
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