A.J. Burnett had been toying with the idea of retirement this offseason before ultimately deciding he was going to pitch in 2014. Now that he made his decision, he has to choose a team to sign with. As the’Burnett Sweepstakes’ winds down, could it be possible that the Yankees would consider a reunion with Burnett?
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Glove believes so. According to Cafardo, he thinks the Burnett Sweepstakes could end up between the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Baltimore Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies but he wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees were interested in re-signing Burnett.
Before we write off Burnett, you have to admit the signing would make more sense than an Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez signing. Burnett doesn’t have a draft pick attached to him and he wouldn’t cost much money.
Of course, we remember Burnett’s last tenure with the Yankees and how it didn’t end so well. In three years with the Yankees (2009-2011), Burnett posted a 4.79 ERA, 1.447 WHIP and 1.99 K/BB. But after Burnett signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he pitched his way to a 3.41 ERA, 1.228 WHIP and 3.02 K/BB.
Now, let’s ask ourselves this: do the Yankees desperately need another starter? No. But if the Yankees really are considering to add to their rotation, I’d say to give Burnett another chance. It can’t hurt to take a look at him in Spring Training and have him compete for the fifth rotation spot along with Michael Pineda, David Phelps and Adam Warren. Maybe Burnett will prove he could be an asset to the Yankees ball club.