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Marlins cut ties with Burnett

9/26/2005 - MLB A.J. Burnett Florida Marlins + more

MIAMI -- A.J. Burnett is very close to becoming a former Florida Marlin.

Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said Burnett has been asked to leave the team and will not be offered a multiyear contract during the offseason. The decision came a day after the pitcher said the team plays scared because manager Jack McKeon and the coaching staff are too negative. Burnett popped off after losing his sixth decision in a row at Atlanta.

Beinfest says Burnett has not been suspended and will be paid for the rest of the season.

Burnett becomes a free agent after the World Series. He went 12-12 this season with two shutouts, four complete games and a 3.44 ERA.