Phillies sign A.J. Burnett to one-year deal

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The Philadelphia Phillies and pitcher A.J. Burnett have agreed on a one-year contract.

Burnett recently announced that he would return for the 2014 season and will do so with the Phillies joining a rotation that includes Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, and Kyle Kendrick.

Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is also expected to fill a rotation spot after inking a three-year deal worth $12 million earlier his offseason.

Burnett was said to be considering offers from the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals and the Pittsburgh Pirates with whom he spent the 2013 season making 30 starts and finishing with a 10-11 record and a 3.30 ERA.

Since the Pirates were under the assumption that Burnett would return to them or retire they did not make a qualifying offer to him, which means he will not cost the Phillies a draft pick.

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