New Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett has had a 3.41 ERA over the past two seasons. Credit: Getty Images
The Phillies pitching staff was shaken up Wednesday, after it was reported that the team had signed veteran pitcher A.J. Burnett, and ace Cole Hamels would likely miss the start of the season due to bicep tendentious.
Burnett is 37-years-old and will earn $16 million according to Fox Sports. This makes him the fourth highest paid Phillie in 2014.
Burnett had a 3.30 ERA last season pitching for the Pirates and led all NL pitchers with 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
Burnett and Cliff Lee, another Phillies starter, are good friends and the two share an agent.
With everyone healthy, the Phillies rotation will include Hamels, Lee, Burnett, Kyle Kendrick, and either Miguel Gonzalez or Jonathan Pettibone.