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The Nats Should Sign AJ Burnett

AJ Burnett has been on record all offseason that while he would like to pitch one more season he is also fine with retirement. AJ Burnett has reached the stage in his career, having made over $120 million, that it isn't only about the money for him and as he is only looking for a one year deal he will pick where he finishes his career. There are two big factors for AJ Burnett. The first is that he is going to want a chance to win as he pitched the Pirates to the playoffs last season and wouldn't want to finish out his career on a team with little to no chance to make it back there. The second is AJ Burnett's wife is from Maryland and that is where Burnett now makes his home and if he can't finish his career close to home he will retire.

Burnett's first choice would be to go back to the Pirates but they didn't offer him the $14 million qualifying offer because they were afraid he would accept. It is likely that the Pirates lack the money to sign Burnett, but the Nationals have made it a habit to sign a starting pitcher to a one year $13-15 million contract late in the off-season. In 2012 they did it with Edwin Jackson and in 2013, Dan Haren. Signing with the Nationals gives Burnett the ability to finish his career with a team with a good chance to win and pitch close to home. The only real competition the Nationals would have for Burnett's services are the Orioles and their desperation for pitching wouldn't mean that Burnett could pass the physical.

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