Source: A.J. Burnett to Phillies
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com
The Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher A.J. Burnett reached an agreement Wednesday on a one-year deal worth $16 million, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.
Burnett and the Phillies have to work through some additional details before the deal will be announced, the source said.
The 37-year-old Burnett spent the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The right-hander went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA with team highs of 191 innings pitched and 209 strikeouts last season, helping Pittsburgh reach the postseason.
In October, Burnett told a Pittsburgh radio station that he would return to the Pirates as a free agent this year or retire.
Burnett spent much of the winter mulling over his decision before deciding in late January that he wanted to pitch in 2014.
The Phillies, Pirates and Baltimore Orioles expressed interest before Burnett agreed to terms with Philadelphia.
Burnett will join Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick in Philadelphia's rotation this season.
Roberto Hernandez, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and youngsters Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin are also expected to be in the mix for spots at the Phillies' spring training camp in Clearwater, Fla.
Burnett is 147-132 with a 3.99 ERA over parts of 15 seasons with the Pirates, Yankees, Blue Jays and Marlins.