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The Pirates placed shortstop Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list this morning, making room for newly-acquired A.J. Burnett on the 40-man roster. With that roster move, the Pirates Prospects 2012 Annual was finalized and will soon be off to the publisher. I wanted to take a moment and thank all of you who have purchased the Annual or plan to do so in the future. I devoted a large portion of my fall and winter to putting this book together, and the fact that many of you will enjoy the end result makes that all worthwhile.
Special thanks to Tim for all of his hard work with the administrative aspects of the Annual, getting it published and distributed and making sure every detail was resolved. Thanks to Kevin Creagh for doing an excellent job on the NL Central section of the book, and to the rest of the Pirates Prospects contributors for providing very helpful feedback throughout the entire process.
Finally, thanks to the random people of the internet, who were always willing to lend a hand when I needed some help. In particular, thanks to Matt Brown, Craig Brown of Royals Authority, Timothy De Block of The Crawfish Boxes, Kurt Mensching and Allison Hagen of Bless You Boys, Tom Hagerty of Lakeland Local, Harry Pavlidis of Cubs f/x, Megan Shear of Section 331, Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing and Dan Szymborski of Baseball Think Factory. I greatly appreciate the assistance that each of you provided.
If anyone has any questions or comments about the book, feel free to send them my way on Twitter or leave them in the comments section of this post.
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BRADENTON — In order to make room for right-hander A.J. Burnett on the 40-man roster, the Pirates placed infielder Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list with a right ankle injury.
Nunez, 24, was selected from the Detroit Tigers in the Rule-5 draft in December by the Pirates.
During the 2011 season, Nunez hit .276 with 13 doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 26 RBI and 18...
The Pirates cleared a roster spot for AJ Burnett today by putting Rule 5 pick Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list. The exact vagaries of the Rule 5 process aren't perfectly clear to me, but I'm certain that Nunez has to be active for a certain number of days and so the Pirates can't just stow him away on the 60-day all year. Still, it's clear that this is how...
Few would argue that the A.J. Burnett experiment in New York has largely been a major disappointment. During his three seasons toeing the rubber in the Bronx, Burnett posted a 34-35 record, with a 4.79 ERA. Of particular concern has been his inability to throw strikes, as he totaled 258 walks and 38 hit batters in 584 innings over the past three seasons. According to various reports...
A.J. Burnett was happy to escape from New York. "It was fun the first couple of years. Then it got like, I'm never going to get out of this funk," he said Monday, a day after the Yankees dealt him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a pair of low-level prospects. After signing an $82.5 million, five-year contract, Burnett helped the Yankees to their 27th World Series title in 2009.
A.J. Burnett's rocky tenure in pinstripes is over.
A.J. Burnett was happy to escape from New York.
As Yankees pitchers and catchers reported on Sunday, A.J. Burnett was instead taking his physical to become a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and CC Sabathia glanced toward the area where Burnett's locker used to be.
After much anticipation, the trade that sent A.J. Burnett from the Yankees to the Pirates was finally completed on Sunday. Burnett had a tumultuous three seasons in the Bronx, with a 4.79 ERA and 4.5 walks/hit batters per nine over 584 regular-season innings.
His signature pitch is an 83 mph spike-curveball with exceptional movement. (Harry Pavlidis mentioned it here a few weeks...
KK Deal:2 years $7.5M to a 6th starter/bullpen longman. I'm confused, but that's exactly what Amaro doled out for Kyle Kendrick. KK was set to make $3.585 this season, and under the new contract his 2012 salary is yet to be announced. I like KK and think he has value, but there's a point when salary outweighs usefulness. However, with Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton both...
Joining host Karen Vankat on the Warning Track is Michael Cohen of the Open Mike show. The Yankees were busy over the last week trading inconsistent AJ Burnett to the Pirates, signing Raul Ibanez as a lefty DH/outfielder and Oh No Mo! Mariano Rivera has fun with the media “hinting” at retirement. Dan Fuerstein of Triple Coverage calls in with his thoughts.
The Mets are happy...