Phils Add A.J. Burnett, But Hamels to Miss Opening Day

Training camp starts by adding one good pitcher, losing another.

A.J. Burnett. Photo | Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Burnett. Photo | Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports reports: “After weeks of speculation, it looks like the Phillies have indeed come to an agreement with free-agent pitcher A.J. Burnett. According to Jim Salisbury of Comcast SportsNet, the Phillies and Burnett have agreed on a one-year deal with Burnett. The deal is reportedly worth $16 million, according to Hayden Balgavy of THV11 in Arkansas. Balgavy was the first to report the signing.”

But….. also reports: “Speaking to reporters on the first day of spring training, Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels said that he is behind in his pitching program due to shoulder tendinitis. According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hamels will miss opening day because of it.”

We’re full of mixed emotions. But mostly, because Burnett is an old (but effective) pitcher, we’re just leery.