PHILADELPHIA — On the day Cole Hamels announced he won’t be ready for the season opener, the Philadelphia Phillies helped their ailing starting rotation.
A.J. Burnett has agreed to a one-year contract with the Phillies, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and other media report.
Burnett’s deal is worth $16 million, according to Rosenthal. If Hamels is healthy, he gives the Phillies a formidable top three along with Cliff Lee.
Hamels says he won’t be ready because of left biceps tendinitis.
Kyle Kendrick is slotted to be fourth in the rotation. Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, and Cuban righty Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will compete for the fifth spot. Youngsters Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin provide insurance.
Burnett was 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA for Pittsburgh last season. The 37-year-old right-hander is 147-132 with a 3.99 ERA in 15 major league seasons. He helped the New York Yankees beat the Phillies in the 2009 World Series, winning Game 2 of the six-game series.
Phillies pitchers and catchers reported to camp on Wednesday, and they will hold their first official workout on Thursday.