MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports the Phillies have signed starting pitcher A.J. Burnett to a one-year deal. Arkansas television report Hayden Balgavy, who first reported the signing, reports the deal is worth $16 million. Earlier in the off-season he said he would retire before announcing he wanted 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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