|Burnett flourishing as elder statesman for Pirates|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:56|
Burnett flourished in 2012, reviving his career with a 16-10 record and becoming the elder statesman of a young pitching staff. He developed a close relationship with James McDonald and embraced the role of mentor on a team trying to break out of two decades of losing.
Burnett says he never intended to become a leader but he enjoys the chance to help turn around a franchise. He is in the final year of a contract that will pay him more than $16 million this season and says he wants to be a part of Pittsburgh's first winning season in 21 years.