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Ex-Yankee A.J. Burnett contemplating retirement

03/28/2013 4:41 PM ET
By Matt Hughes

A.J. Burnett was rejuvenated with the Pirates a season ago, but this may be his last in baseball.(AP)

A.J. Burnett is mulling retiring from baseball after the 2013 season.

 

As reported by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Burnett is undecided about his future in baseball. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher is entering the final season of his five year contract and has said he will only play for the Pirates if he chooses to extend his career beyond 2013.

Burnett was traded to the Pirates from the New York Yankees prior to the 2012 season after three frenetic years in the Bronx. With his plus-arm seemingly at constant odds with his wildness around the plate, Burnett delivered for the Yankees on the biggest stage.

After the Yankees dropped game one of the 2009 World Series at home to the Philadelphia Phillies, Burnett out-dueled Pedro Martinez in a tense game two victory for the Yankees. With the series tied, the Yankees seized the momentum and went on to win in six games. The moment was not lost on Burnett.

"It was the biggest game I've ever thrown in for this team," said Burnett. "You can't let that affect you, and I tried not to let it affect me. I knew I had a big task ahead of me with Pedro on the mound, and I wanted to go out and pitch the best I could."

A.J. Burnett has a career record of 137 - 121 heading into the 2013 season.

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