The Phillies announced on Sunday they have officially signed A.J. Burnett to a one-year deal worth $16 million with a mutual option for 2015. The deal includes a limited no-trade clause which Burnett will submit a list of nine teams in which he would accept a trade.
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.
In order to make room for Burnett on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated pitcher joe Savery for assignment. Savery was the Phillies first-round pick (19th overall) in 2007, the same draft that produced Giancarlo Stanton, Freddie Freeman, and Jordan Zimmermann in the second round.
In 18 games for the Phillies last season, all in relief, Savery was 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
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