Pitcher A.J. Burnett is mulling whether to retire after the 2013 season. But if he decides to keep playing, Burnett might consider an offer from only one team: the Pirates.
“I enjoy it here and I enjoy these guys,” Burnett said Thursday after pitching three innings in his final spring training tuneup. “If I was to keep playing, I wouldn't want it to be anywhere else but Pittsburgh. My wife and I talk about it now and then. But it's something I've got to put on the back burner. I'm just going to concentrate on this season, one start at a time.”
Burnett, 36, is in the final year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract that he signed when he joined the New York Yankees. Burnett said he is not currently talking with the Pirates about a new deal.
“I know it's going to come up,” Burnett said. “These guys (teammates) keep getting on me about it. They keep saying, ‘Two more (years)! Two more!' I don't know. We'll see.”
The Pirates acquired Burnett in a trade during spring training last year. The right-hander went 16-10 with a 3.51 ERA and led the team in strikeouts and innings pitched.