The Pittsburgh Pirates made a mistake trading for enigmatic right hander A.J. Burnett and committing $13 million in salary to him over two seasons. While the Bucco’s didn’t give much up in the two prospects that they sent to New York, it still seems like too big of a financial risk for a guy that you just do not know what to expect from.
The 35 year old has not had a winning season or an ERA under 5.15 since 2009. He led the league in walks in 2009 and he allowed 31 homeruns last year while for the third season in a row he had a WHIP over 1.40.
In addition to his decline on the field, Burnett is not a role model or mentor type that a team like the Pirates need for their young pitching staff. He has hardly been able to control his own emotions on the mound let alone be able to teach young pitchers how to be poised on the mound.
The Pirates made a mistake adding A.J. Burnett to their roster. They should have pushed a little harder and spent a little more money to get a Roy Oswalt or a...