The A.J. Burnett trade has finally come to an end, with the Pittsburgh Pirates getting the right handed starter for $13 M over two years. In exchange, the Pirates gave up right handed relief prospect Diego Moreno and outfielder Exicardo Cayones. For those of you unfamiliar with either player, here is what the Pirates gave up.
The right handed reliever has a great arm, capable of throwing in the upper 90s, topping out at 98 in the past. He also has a sharp slider which he uses as an out pitch. Moreno was considered one of the best relief prospects in baseball after the 2010 season. He was coming off a year where he put up a 1.17 ERA in 38.1 innings, along with a 13.4 K/9 and a 1.2 BB/9 ratio in high-A. He moved up to AA towards the middle of the season, but was demoted back down to high-A after facing disciplinary action from the team.
Moreno returned to high-A in 2011, and this time struggled with his control. He also didn't see the phenomenal strikeout totals he saw in...
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