The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports that it is now a "Baltimore-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh runoff" to land free agent, starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, who reportedly wants to stay close to his Maryland home.
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 could benefit the team.
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