Free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett plans to pitch in 2014 and is thought to be open to offers from all teams.  According to Travis Sawchik from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Phillies could be one of the teams that are interested in his services.

The Pirates are still waiting for a decision from the 37-year-old right-hander, who stated earlier this winter that he will either retire or return for one more season in Pittsburgh.

Burnett, registered an outstanding 3.30 ERA, 1.215 WHIP and 209/67 K/BB ratio in 191 innings last year for the Pirates.

Burnett could be just what the Phillies need if they could land him on a one-or-two-year deal.  What also makes Burnett an interesting option is, unlike other top rotation arms that remain, he is not tied to draft-pick compensation since the Pirates felt they could not afford to make a qualifying offer.