First Pitch: A Different and Easier Approach to the Pitching Staff This Year

In 2012, the Pirates needed A.J. Burnett to bounce back in order to have a shot at a top of the rotation starter. They had Burnett in 2013, but needed Francisco Liriano to bounce back in order to join Burnett at the top of the rotation and make the pitching staff stronger. Last year they parted with Burnett, and brought in Edinson Volquez to replace him. They also brought in Vance...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Eddie V to KC

If you were holding out hope for Edinson Volquez to come back, it’s time to move on. Volquez agreed to a 2-year, $20 million deal with the Royals on Wednesday, doubling the length and annual money he earned in his one year with the Pirates. It’s a shame that his tenure with the Bucs ended with the awful Wild Card game, but Volquez was an extremely important piece of the 2014...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day. Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: You Can’t Say the Pirates Aren’t Focused on Winning in 2015

In the past few years, there have been questions about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ commitment to winning. There have been complaints that the Pirates aren’t acting like a winning team, and aren’t making moves a winning team should make. Complaints that the Pirates are focused too much on the future, and not enough on the now. Complaints that they’re wasting Andrew McCutchen...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Have the Pirates Filled All of Their Needs Already?

Today might have wrapped up one of the most busy Winter Meetings I can remember. Normally on a Thursday, things have died down, the Rule 5 draft takes place, and it’s all over. This morning there were a wave of transactions that almost made you think the general managers wouldn’t make it for the draft. The Pirates didn’t have an active day. They didn’t select anyone at...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Pirates 2015 Payroll Could Be Over $90 M, Which Should Be No Surprise

One of the biggest topics among Pittsburgh Pirates fans is the team payroll. For some, it’s an unavoidable topic due to their market size, but not the main part of the conversation. For others, it’s the conversation, to the point that it seems like all you need to build a winner is spending X amount. Either way, the topic of payroll is news when it comes to the Pirates. Dejan...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Why Has This Been a Quiet Off-Season For the Pirates?

In baseball, a slow off-season is the norm. The off-season is called the hot stove season because it resembles water heating up. You turn on the burners, then you wait. And you wait. Then you see a few bubbles. Then suddenly, the water is boiling and you’re ready to go. It feels like the Pirates have had a slow off-season thus far. No, it hasn’t been slow in the sense that...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

On A.J. Burnett Going To The Pirates

A.J. Burnett didn’t have the best time in his one-year stint with the Phillies. After a start on April 11 against the Marlins, he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia–or, in other words, a part of his abdomen was bulging or protruding where it should not have been. The injury is not the type to fix itself with rest, and Burnett elected to pitch through the pain, rather than...
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November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Recap of MLB Offseason Moves: 11/1 – 11/16 (National League)

Here is the second part of my profile on the MLB offseason. Here are the National League moves thus  far: NL East New York Mets: The Mets signed OF/1B Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million deal on Nov. 10. The move gives the Mets a much-needed bat for the middle of their order. However, since the Rockies extended a qualifying offer, they get draft pick compensation in return...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

GM Neal Huntington Not Wasting Time This Offseason

We are barely two weeks into the MLB Hot Stove Season and Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington has already pulled the trigger on two major moves. On November 12th the Pirates acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Justin Wilson. Cervelli and backup catcher Chris Stewart make for a decent tandem that should give the Pirates at least a competent...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

AJ Burnett re-signs with Pittsburgh, another reminder of Hal Steinbrenner's original sin: Russell Martin

It seems like yesterday, the winter of our discontent - 2012-13 - when the Yankees prepared to re-sign Russell Martin, the Ray Liotta lookalike. He was coming off a brutal season - 21 HRs and a .211 average, thanks to a terrible start - and all he wanted was a two-year deal.Yep. Seems crazy, doesn't it?Of course, we know what happened. Hal Steinbrenner decided to impose a $186 million...
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Why A.J. Burnett reuniting with Pittsburgh makes sense

Credit: AP/Gene J. Puskar A.J. Burnett had a dismal campaign in 2014. To go with the dubious honor of leading the MLB with 18 losses, Burnett also walked 96 batters. His ERA stood at 4.59 and speculation of his retirement prevailed throughout the season. Don’t put the final nail in the coffin of his professional career just yet though. According to ESPN and other sources reporting...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

He’s back

The #Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RHP A.J. Burnett (@wudeydo34) for 2015. pic.twitter.com/qS623MDvzQ — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 14, 2014 After all the drama that unfolded last offseason, and a pretty rough 2014 season in Philly, A.J. Burnett is back with the Pirates. Talk about some surprising Friday afternoon news – this came completely...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: A.J. Burnett back with the Pirates

Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free agent right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett to a one year contract worth $8.5 million. Burnett pitched the 2012 and 2013 seasons in Pittsburgh and he was beloved by many. As Singer says in his report, Burnett's return game to Pittsburgh on July 6th with the Phillies saw chants of  "Thank You A.J." ring loud...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: After Signing Burnett, the Pirates are Set Up For a Very Interesting Off-Season

I kind of get the feeling that Neal Huntington has this off-season mapped out. If he did, it wouldn’t be any different than previous off-seasons. Last year rather than extending a qualifying offer to A.J. Burnett, they tried for James Loney and Edinson Volquez. When Loney signed with the Rays, they turned back to Burnett with the remaining money. The plan worked out a little better...
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November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Free Agents: Pirates Reunited with A.J. Burnett

The Pittsburgh Pirates are reunited with starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. The 37 year-old hurler signed a one-year deal worth $8.5 million according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Burnett previously played for the Pirates from 2012-13. In his two seasons with the Pirates, Burnett posted some of the best numbers of his career. He managed a 3.41 ERA with strikeout and walk rates of 23...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Burnett returns to the Pirates for one year, $8.5 million

The Pittsburgh Pirates made probably the most shocking move of the early part of the MLB offseason, bringing back A.J. Burnett on a one-year deal worth $8.5 million. The #Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RHP A.J. Burnett (@wudeydo34) for 2015. pic.twitter.com/qS623MDvzQ — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 14, 2014 Burnett shined for the Pirates from...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Burnett returns to the Pirates for one year, $8.5 million

The Pittsburgh Pirates made probably the most shocking move of the early part of the MLB offseason, bringing back A.J. Burnett on a one-year deal worth $8.5 million. The #Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RHP A.J. Burnett (@wudeydo34) for 2015. pic.twitter.com/qS623MDvzQ — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 14, 2014 Burnett shined for the Pirates from...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Burnett Took Less Money to End His Career and Win a Ring in Pittsburgh

After signing a one year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, A.J. Burnett said a lot of things that Pirates fans might have never thought they would hear just a few years ago. He talked about how he wanted to end his career in a place that he liked, and that his one year deal with the Pirates would be his last season. He talked about taking less money in order to allow the team to...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Burnett Signs With Pirates For Over $4 Million Less

Hey, @wudeydo34! #WelcomeBackAJ pic.twitter.com/hjgrhTligO — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 14, 2014 Former Phillies pitcher A.J. Burnett seemed to be headed back to the Phillies heading into the offseason. With a player option for $12.75 million, why would he go anywhere else? Burnett rejected a return to the Phillies, much to...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates sign A.J. Burnett to 1-year contract

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed starting pitcher A.J. Burnett to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.The deal is a reported worth one-year, for $8.5-million, according to Jon Heyman. burnett gets $8.5M from pirates — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 14, 2014 This will be Burnett’s second time period with the Pirates. The veteran was with the Pittsburgh...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates bring AJ Burnett back for 1-year, $8.5M deal

The #Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RHP A.J. Burnett (@wudeydo34) for 2015. pic.twitter.com/qS623MDvzQ — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 14, 2014  
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles make offer to A.J. Burnett

The Baltimore Orioles have offered a contract to veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Orioles also have offered SP A.J. Burnett a deal, though nothing is close there. Baltimore definitely in market for starting pitching. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 13, 2014 The starter showed other teams of his desire to play for a team that is...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies offseason guide: Pitchers

Last week I looked at how the Philadelphia Phillies got to where they are today and demonstrated their need for change. This week, I will take a look at which pitchers will stay and go, who are some possible trade candidates and what free agents the Phillies may target.  Phillies Free Agents A.J. Burnett: Burnett declined his 12.75 million dollar option for the 2015 season, a...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Burnett is perfectly fine not pitching in Philly in 2015

The Philadelphia Phillies got a break on Monday when A.J. Burnett declined his $12.75 million option for 2015, making him a free agent. Yes, the Phillies have one more rotation spot to fill, but they save eight figures by not paying a guy who had a 4.59 ERA in 213 2/3 innings last season. But Burnett’s career isn’t over yet. After flirting with retirement last season, he’s...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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