The Pirates have signed A.J. Burnett to a one year, $8.5 million dollar deal.
Burnett actually turned down a $12.5 million dollar option with the Phillies, apparently because he didn’t like playing there.
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 14, 2014
It’ll be nice to see how badly people backtrack on Burnett. I’m still not sure he’s the pitcher that the Pirates let go. He walked a lot of batters, struck out fewer, gave up lots of hits, and struggled overall.
Still, he pitched through injury and he played for a defensively challenged team. Did he miss Russell Martin in Philly? Probably. He won’t have him here either but he’ll have Francisco Cervelli, another good pitch framer.
He’s not getting paid a lot and the Pirates definitely need arms.
Hopefully this version of “Batman Returns” is like the movie, a sequel that didn’t necessarily suck.