MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports the Phillies "are very much still in the running for free agent right-hander A.J. Burnett." Earlier in the offseason Burnett reportedly planned to retire but last month retracted that statement and said he plans to pitch in 2014.
The 37-year-old went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP with the Pirates in 2013. He had a great season for Pittsburgh in 2012 going 16-10 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Burnett has won 10 or more games every year since 2005.
The Phillies need starting pitching help and Burnett should be able to provide some depth behind Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. He has been a solid No. 3 starter for years and on a one-year deal it should benefit the team.
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