A.J. Burnett is entering the last year of a 5-year, $82.5 million contract. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Burnett, a 15-year veteran, is entering the final year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract originally signed as a member of the New York Yankees. The 36-year-old was 16-10 with a 3.51 ERA last season after the Pirates traded for him during last year's spring training.
He told the Post-Gazette he's happy in Pittsburgh and taking his career one season at a time:
“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.”
“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.”