The 37-year-old is 6-10 with a 4.15 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 149.2 innings this season for the Phillies.
Burnett's current contract runs through the 2014 season, but he does have a mutual/player option for 2015 tied to his contract.
Burnett has a $15 million mutual option for 2015, but has repeatedly said he doesn't want to be far from his home in Maryland. — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 31, 2014
Burnett's deal is convoluted. He is making $7.5 million in salary in 2014. If he makes 32 starts, he has a $12.75 player option for 2015. — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 31, 2014
The Royals do not want to take on salary, but the $2.5 million in '14 doesn't look like much of a stumbling block. The '15 option does. — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 31, 2014
Rosenthal also notes that Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland worked with Burnett during the pair's time with the New York Yankees.
The Royals are 54-52, five games back of the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers. The team is also 3.5 games out of the second American League wild card spot.
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