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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...
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After several days of reports and speculation of a deal, the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees finally agreed on a trade that will send starting pitcher A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh in exchange for relief pitcher Diego Moreno and outfielder Exicardo Cayones. The Yankees also agreed to pay all but $13 million dollars of Burnett's $31.1 million dollar salary remaining...
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In this article by Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, Griffin makes the ludicrous assertation that MLB commissioner Bud Selig should have considered using his "best interests in baseball" clause to void the trade of AJ Burnett from the New York Yankees to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
My immediate answer? "Um....why exactly?"
Griffin's major argument is essentially...
Yankees gain salary relief, prospects in shedding right-handed starter
Seems there are two prominent schools of thought around here regarding the Pirates' pursuit of A.J. Burnett from the New York Yankees.
Well, after days of breathless anticipation, countless efforts by the Yankees’ media shills to invent a “mystery team” to ratchet up the pressure on the Pirates, and about a billion updates all saying more or less the same thing, the deal for A.J. Burnett appears to be about done. The latest reports have it down to the last details and expected to go today to the Commissioner’s...
The New York Yankees are shedding pounds and payroll as they enter the 2012 MLB season. Having traded away A.J. Burnett and not having gone out and overspent on free agency this past offseason, New York was determined to shed some numbers from their payroll. That much was a given, according to everyone involved in the Yankees’ organization.
But what was not as certain...
Call me crazy, but I like the addition of A.J. Burnett to the Buccos pitching staff.
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...
Rod Barajas is a naturally cheery fellow. Nevertheless, the new Pirates catcher's smile was especially wide Saturday, as he contemplated an imminent reunion with the newest Pirate -- right-hander A.J. Burnett.