BRADENTON -- On Saturday, right-hander A.J. Burnett was driving down to Florida from Baltimore, not sure of which city he was going to end up at --Tampa, where the New York Yankees train, or Bradenton, where the Pirates hold their spring training. During his drive, Burnett received a call from Bucs Manager Clint Hurdle and General Manager Neal Huntington welcoming him to the team.
Pirate City is where he ended up.
"I’m looking forward to this," Burnett said. "It’s going to be a fresh start, go back to the National League where I can hit and bunt, get the joy back in the game.”
Burnett struggled in New York after signing a five-year contract in 2008. During the 2011 season, Burnett went 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA over 32 starts, and lost the joy in baseball.
This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. We also have a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a FREE one-year subscription to the site by signing up as a new DraftKings customer and making a $5 minimum deposit. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.
If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.