Source: Burnett agrees to one-year deal with Phils
- Updated: February 12, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Cole Hamels will not be ready to pitch on Opening Day, but reinforcements are on the way.
A source said Wednesday morning that the Phillies have agreed to a one-year contract with right-hander A.J. Burnett. If everybody is healthy, Burnett projects to slot in atop the Phillies’ rotation alongside Hamels and Cliff Lee. The Phillies have not confirmed the deal.
Burnett went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA in 30 starts last season with the Pirates. He led the big leagues in ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio (2.62), which should help him at cozy Citizens Bank Park. He also led the National League with 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings.