Report: Phillies sign Burnett; Hamels hurting
The Philadelphia Phillies signed free-agent pitcher AJ Burnett to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.
The deal is worth $16 million for the 37-year-old right-hander, Fox Sports reported.
The news of Burnett's signing comes on a day it was revealed that left-handed starter Cole Hamels might miss the start of the season because of tendinitis.
Burnett pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates the past two seasons and it was assumed that he would return to the Pirates or retire. He mulled stepping away from the game permanently during the winter and the Pirates did not make him a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer, but he decided to return for one more season.
Reports indicated that the Pirates, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals were among the bidders for Burnett.
In 30 starts last season for Pittsburgh, Burnett posted a 10-11 record with a 3.30 ERA, 67 walks and 209 strikeouts in 191 innings.
Hamels told MLB.com that he is behind schedule and has yet to throw off a mound but could be ready not long after Opening Day.
The 30-year-old Hamels previously had shoulder issues in 2006 and 2011 and also had elbow surgery in 2011. But he has averaged 213 innings and 32 starts per season since 2008.
In 33 starts last year, Hamels posted an 8-14 record with a 3.60 ERA in 220 innings. His career record is 99-74 with a 3.38 ERA in eight seasons with the Phillies.