Found February 20, 2012 on
Make sure you’re sitting down. Take a deep breath.
Journeyman catcher Rod Barajas is “thrilled to reunite with (A.J.) Burnett on Bucs”.
Funny, in the above linked article he never says he’s “thrilled” with anything, but then again, who on the Pittsburgh Pirates would be?
Can we just call the A.J. Burnett trade situation what it is: EMBARRASSING.
Embarrassing for the Yankees because they gave him all that cash. Embarrassing for A.J. because he got all that cash only to become Brad Penny. Embarrassing for the Pirates — THE LOWLY PIRATES — because they were the only ones desperate and baseball-stupid enough to take him on.
Considering the money the Yankees are eating on this deal, it really does look like the Pirates got a bargain, of course, until one realizes they now have A.J. Burnett on their team. Coaches, teammates and clubhouse doors beware.
In the meantime, I’m sure Rod Barajas is enjoying his brief moment in the public eye, even if it is as a sugar coated red herring...
BEST OF MAXIM
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's rocky tenure in pinstripes is over.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...