“I'm sure I've got one more left in me,” Burnett said after signing a one-year, $8.5 million contract to return to Pittsburgh in 2015. “This is where I want to finish my career, playing for this team and for this city. I want to win a ring, and I want to do it in Pittsburgh.”
The 37-year-old Burnett posted a 26-21 record and a 3.41 ERA while making 61 starts with the Pirates during his two seasons with the club (2012-2013) before pitching with Philadelphia in 2014.
Burnett, who made a National League high 34 starts while pitching 213.2 innings last season, ranks fourth among all Major League pitchers in starts since 2008 (227). He has also won 10 or more games in nine of the last 10 seasons, including 16 in his first season with the Pirates.
Burnett approached the Pirates about the possibility of returning. General manager Neal Huntington said the deal came together quickly.
“He made it clear he wanted to do everything we could to make this work,” Huntington said. “Obviously, the man left a lot of money on the table to choose to come back to Pittsburgh and take care of unfinished business.”
In his 16 big league seasons, Burnett has won 155 games in 409 appearances (404 starts). He will enter the 2015 season ranked fifth in career wins, fourth in career starts and fourth in career innings pitched (2567.1) among active pitchers.