Comments on: Pirates Acquire Burnett from Yankees, pending approval Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:10:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ian Rothermund Sun, 19 Feb 2012 15:21:00 +0000 hah, that’s right, D-Cutch will probably be traded.  He’s definitely an odd man out in this bullpen right now.

I would expect they make room for Burnett by removing a pitcher though.  A 1-for-1 swap.  I think it’s still possible to see some movement by the team before Opening Day.  You have to figure in; Hanrahan, Meek, Grilli, Watson, Resop, Correia, and then D-Cutch/Hughes/Leroux.  I just see McCutchen having to really show that he’s superior to those guys, otherwise they’re either going to hold on to Leroux because he’s out of options, or Hughes because he’s young.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

By: James S Sun, 19 Feb 2012 06:00:00 +0000 I think Jeff Karstens should get the opening day start. He deserves it most for stepping in for the awful and injured Ohlendorf in April and stabilizing what could have been a disaster. He was our best pitcher for most of the year and they should honor him for his good work.

Plus he kind of looks like that guy from the Sopranos.

By: Lee Young Sun, 19 Feb 2012 00:55:00 +0000  Kinda hard to ignore Pedro when he plays for the team I  root for. :)

By: anthony mitchell Sat, 18 Feb 2012 22:53:00 +0000 Forget about the trade and think about it this way.

The Pirates signed a verteran Free-Agent starting pitcher for 2 years/ $13 million. This pitcher immediately has the best stuff on the rotation, an extremely high k/9 (relative to our staff), and has a track record to pitch about 32 starts a season. 

At that price, this pitcher should make all Pirate fans happy and want to pat NH on the back for such a shrewd move. Which is exactly how we should feel.

Both players involved in this trade are between 2-3 yrs older than they should be in their respective minor-league team. They have not proven much, and will not be missed.

Forget about projections and what if’s, NH just added our best pitcher at a at a reasonable price.

By: Dz5 Sat, 18 Feb 2012 19:34:00 +0000 This is a great deal!!!! For once we have a name in Pittsburgh!
Burnett wll be the opening Day starter!

For the season 15-11, 3.76 ERA with 220 IP and 180 Ks

By: James S Sat, 18 Feb 2012 18:41:00 +0000 Daniel McCutchen is no way coming off the roster. Highly doubt Hernandez would either.
Most likely Nunez. Possibly Welker, J Hughes, or J Wilson.

Or maybe they can put Morton on the DL to free up the spot.

By: Lee Young Sat, 18 Feb 2012 17:59:00 +0000  It is rare, so maybe DMac. But, it is better than the days where we almost HAD to keep a Rule 5 guy. Now, he may be superfluous?

By: Todd Smith Sat, 18 Feb 2012 17:59:00 +0000 Clearly, he can be compared to all of these players.  The only question is how far you want to go out of your way to ignore it.

By: Lee Young Sat, 18 Feb 2012 17:57:00 +0000 Some similar batters (so far) are Darnell Coles and Craig Worthington.  The best one, imho, is Steve Buechele. Hey, 2 former Buccos. :)

By: Lee Young Sat, 18 Feb 2012 17:54:00 +0000  Pedro was so bad last year, I ain’t comparing him to anyone, except maybe Bobby Wine or Ray Oyler (and they were SS).

We beat all these 3b comparisons to death on quite a few Pirate boards. You can’t compare Pedro to anyone.

If he hadn’t been the 2nd pick in 2008, he wouldn’t even be a prospect after 2011.

I suspect he’ll start in AAA unless he shows he has improved plate discipline.

To me, his work ethic is unquestioned. His K-zone? Whole ‘nother thing.