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Will A.J. Burnett retire as a Bucco?

With A.J. Burnett's contract under control of the Pirates organization through the 2013 season, it is safe to say Burnett will be no spring chicken heading into the 2014 season. If Burnett continues to pitch in the majors post-2013, he will be a 37 year old veteran right-hander who likely will have even a little less velocity and power than we see from him now. He certainly won't be the same huge-contract pitcher the Yankees acquired from Toronto a few years back. Personally, I am speculating with a playoff year in 2012 and another solid Pirates season in 2013, the Pirates will begin to become a bit more appealing team to MLB players. And with Burnett leading the helm of veteran leadership this year, this team's chemistry has grown into something Pirate fans have not seen in a long time. Burnett (who holds a team high 11-3 record as a starting pitcher this season) is slated to go after his twelfth win tonight in Houston. But another thing with Burnett is that for the first time since first dawning the Yankee pinstripes, he is loved and appreciated by a fan base. And according to recent interviews, he loves being here in Pittsburgh and appreciates all of the fan-support. Which begs the question, will Burnett sign a 1 to 2 contract with the Bucs after the 2013 season and finish his career in Pittsburgh? (that is if he doesn't decide to retire after 2013). With the amount of money Burnett has made in his career to this point, he may even sign for cheap simply to finish his career with a team he enjoys playing for and who enjoys having him. As long as he still has stuff in the tank, I'm sure we wouldn't mind keeping him around either. Any thoughts on possibly signing him for another year or two? Will he be old and out of gas after 2013 or still solid? Or will he finish the last few years of his career elsewhere if he decides to continue?

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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