Pittsburgh Pirates offseason wish list

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1.) One more year from A.J. Burnett.

After a rough 2014 season with the Philadelphia Phillies, Burnett came back to Pittsburgh on a one-year deal. Pittsburgh is the city where Burnett has had the most success in his career, and this year was no different. The 38-year-old right-hander dealt with some injuries this year, but gave the Pirates 26 very good starts and a 3.18 ERA, the lowest value of his career.

Burnett could consider retirement this winter, but if there is one team he would consider pitching past his thirty-ninth birthday for, it would be the Pirates. Burnett is a great number three option behind Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano. He’s a gritty veteran who is thriving in the lower-pressure environment in Pittsburgh. In his three seasons with the Pirates, Burnett has an ERA nearly a run-and-a-half lower than the 4.79 mark he gave the New York Yankees in three seasons in the Bronx. Look for the Pirates to get Burnett back on another one-year deal before he rides off into the sunset.

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