A. J. Burnett SP PIT 2 Months

Burnett, who signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, said that he underwent hernia surgery right after the season ended, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

This was expected, but Burnett confirmed after his signing was made official that he did undergo surgery to address the hernia issue that bothered him all year long. He added that he expects to a full-go come spring training. Burnett left more than $4 million on the table to come back to Pittsburgh -- his player option with the Phillies was worth $12.75 million -- but he'll get to play for what should be a contending team and there's reason to believe his numbers will improve with a better defense behind him.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 2 Months

Burnett has agreed to a one-year $8.5 million deal with the Pirates.

He will look to reclaim some of the magic he had in Pittsburgh in 2013 after scuffling in a one-year stay in Philadelphia. Last season he posted a 4.59 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 213.2 innings -- a far cry from the 3.30 ERA and 1.21 WHIP he had in 2013 with the Pirates. The defensive shifting and emphasis on defensively skilled position players in Pittsburgh certainly sets it apart from the way things are done in Philadelphia, so it's easy to see why Burnett fared better as a Pirate. He will also be going to a better park for pitching, so there are plenty of reasons to expect a minor bounce back in his age-38 season.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 3 Months

Burnett (hernia) declined his $12.75 million player option and will become a free agent, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports.

Burnett, 37, was ineffective for most of the year, leading the majors in earned runs allowed (109), walks (96) and losses. He concluded the season with an 8-18 record with a 4.59 ERA in 34 starts. Looking ahead, Burnett will likely look to sign on with a contender at a discount, though retirement may also be an option.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 3 Months

The Phillies and Burnett (hernia) both declined their $15 million mutual option for 2015 on Friday, leaving Burnett to decide whether to exercise his $12.75 million player option, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Burnett has until Monday to make his decision on the player option. It was reported early last month that Burnett will likely want to pitch next season rather than retire. He could still decide to opt for free agency if he does not want to pitch for the Phillies as they begin a rebuilding process.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 4 Months

John Heyman of CBS Sports reports that people close to Burnett (hernia) suggest it is more likely than not that he will pitch next season.

Burnett, who was scheduled to have hernia surgery this month, has a $12.75 million player option that he must exercise within five days after the World Series ends. He has hinted that he would consider retirement this offseason, but it sounds as if he'll take the money and return to the Phillies for another season.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 4 Months

Burnett will have hernia surgery next week, and has not made a decision about returning for the 2015 season, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports.

He said it has bothered him all year, and that could be part of the reason he was so mediocre in 2014. In 207 innings he posted a 4.57 ERA with 183 strikeouts, so even if he returns for the 2015 season, he'll be available on the cheap on draft day.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 4 Months

Burnett allowed six runs on three hits and six walks while striking out three in 4.1 innings in the Phillies' 8-6 loss to the Athletics on Sunday.

It's the most runs he's let up since July 28. It was also his shortest start since Aug. 2. The six walks tied a season-high for the 37-year-old, who will contemplate retirement after the season.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 4 Months

Burnett hinted he may be dealing with another injury in addition to a hernia that will require surgery after the season, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "If I can lift my arm up at the end of the season, then I might pitch [next season]," Burnett said. "We'll see how it goes."

Manager Ryne Sandberg said that Burnett has not appeared on team medical reports. If he is dealing with an injury, it is something he can continue to pitch through. Burnett has until five days after the World Series ends to decide if he will execute his $12.75 million player option for 2015.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 4 Months

Burnett allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits over 5.2 innings against the Padres on Tuesday.

Burnett was saddled with his 17th loss of the season. The walks added to his major league-leading total of 87 this season. He will face the A's in Oakland in his next start.

A. J. Burnett SP PIT 5 Months

Burnett gave up four runs and six hits in six innings against Pittsburgh on Thursday. He walked three and struck out seven.

Burnett was pitching well until the sixth inning, when he allowed three runs. The veteran right-hander has been consistently inconsistent this season, alternating strong starts with clunkers. The fact that he's capable of dominating an opponent in any start, like his 12-strikeout game on August 25 against Washington, is particularly frustrating. If you want to roll the dice and hope for good Burnett next week, he will make two starts on the road against San Diego and Oakland.