AJ Burnett looked last year like he didn't have anything left in him to pitch at a major league level for another season, he handled the Phillies quite well though last night as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Phillies paid him an incredible $15M for one season in 2014 and Burnett had the worst seasons he ever had for his career. In 34 starts, he turned in a 4.59 ERA with an 8-18 record for the Phils, the Pirates took a chance with him in 2015 at a nice discount of $8.5M for 2015.
It was publicized that both the Phillies and Burnett declined the option that Burnett had for 2015 for another $15M, but I seriously doubt that Burnett wouldn't have accepted another big payday from the Phillies if they hadn't declined the option. Why on earth would the Phillies have wanted to bring Burnett back after such a terrible season.
Burnett's career is a strange one, his overall career record is about .500 now with 157 wins and 151 losses. He's made over $144M over his career that doesn't suggest he was a premier pitcher by the numbers he has generated. How did he get so rich for being so, average?
Burnett took advantage of free agency and his career took him to the Yankees for a large $82.5M contract which eventually would wind up with the Pirates picking up a portion of that. It was one of the Yankees worst signings ever, as Burnett turned in a 34-35 record with a high 4.79 ERA for the Yankees stint.
The Phillies couldn't answer to Burnett last night, though they beat one of the best a few days ago in the NY Mets Matt Harvey. That's what makes this team so baffling.
Here's Burnett's career numbers vs the Phillies (regular season) not including last night's start:
|2||2012-06-28||PIT||PHI||W 5-4||GS-7, W||6.2||3||2||7||1||4.05|
|3||2010-06-16||NYY||PHI||L 3-6||GS-4, L||3.1||6||4||3||2||16.20|
|4||2009-05-22||NYY||PHI||L 3-7||GS-6, L||6.0||5||2||7||3||7.50|
|5||2008-05-17||TOR||PHI||W 6-3||GS-7, W||6.1||2||3||8||0||2.84|
|6||2006-07-02||TOR||PHI||L 6-11||GS-5, L||4.1||5||3||6||1||10.38|
|7||2005-09-09||FLA||PHI||L 5-12||GS-3, L||2.1||5||3||3||0||19.29|
|8||2005-07-14||FLA||PHI||L 7-13||GS-5, L||5.0||6||4||3||3||10.80|
|9||2005-04-29||FLA||PHI||W 6-4||GS-7, W||7.0||2||1||8||1||2.57|
|10||2005-04-12||FLA||PHI||W 8-2||CG 9, W||9.0||2||0||3||0||2.00|
|12||2004-07-26||FLA||PHI||W 11-3||GS-5, W||5.0||2||3||6||0||3.60|
|13||2004-07-21||FLA||PHI||L 1-2||GS-8, L||7.2||2||1||5||1||2.35|
|14||2003-04-14||FLA||PHI||L 2-5||GS-5, L||5.0||3||5||7||0||5.40|
|17||2002-06-05||FLA||PHI||W 2-1||CG 9, W||9.0||1||1||6||0||1.00|
|19||2001-06-30||FLA||PHI||L 4-6||GS-4, L||3.1||6||5||0||2||16.20|
|20||2000-09-15||FLA||PHI||L 4-7||GS-6, L||6.0||5||6||3||1||7.50|