Coonelly Talks Burnett

Coonelly Talks Burnett

The Pirates' Team President talks about the decision to not extend a qualifying offer to Pitcher AJ Burnett before Monday evening's deadline.
ALTOONA - Right-handed pitcher AJ Burnett is coming off a season where he made 30 starts in the regular season, with 209 strikeouts and a 3.30 ERA.
 
However, in his one postseason start, Burnett gave up 7 earned runs.
 
The Pirates chose not to put out a qualifying offer to Burnett by Monday’s 5pm deadline, which means they would have had to pay the righty 14.1 million dollars.
 
Pirates’ Team President Frank Coonelly told WTAJ Monday night, that even though they did not put out the offer, they still want him back next season.
 
“"[Burnett] had a fabulous year for us and he's been just a tremendous asset in the clubhouse over the last two years for us,” says Coonelly.  “And we've made it clear we want him back."
 
Burnett can sign with a new club at midnight Monday night.  But the righty has said in interviews that he would like to stay with the Pirates, or retire.

Coonelly was in Altoona for the Altoona Curve Booster Club dinner.

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