Phillies Sign A.J. Burnett

J. Meric/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Phillies signed veteran pitcher A.J. Burnett to a one-year contract on Wednesday, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Burnett was considering retiring if he was unable to sign on with a team close to his Monkton, Md. home.

Burnett was 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA for the Pirates last season.  He led the Pirates with 191 innings pitched.

Burnett will join a staff that includes Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, and Kyle Kendrick.

Hamels, who was hoping to make the Opening Day start, will not be available due to a case of biceps tendinitis.

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