A.J. Burnett Pitches Three Innings at Pirate City

A.J. Burnett threw in an intrasquad game at Pirate City this afternoon, going three innings against the Pirates’ Triple-A lineup. The start was Burnett’s first outing in a game situation since going down with a fractured orbital bone earlier in Spring Training. The right-hander went three innings and threw 54 pitches. He gave up just one hit on the day, a line drive single to Starling Marte. “Delivery looks sound. He...

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Pirates Notebook: Fryer Added Leg Kick Over Offseason

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Catcher Eric Fryer worked on incorporating a leg kick over the offseason. During the Fall Instructional League, which is held at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida, Fryer said it was one of his main focuses. “Mainly I really focused on hitting, trying to work in a slight leg kick, trying to keep more weight back and really stay behind the baseball when I’m swinging,” Fryer said. “It’s kind of...

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Burnett Passes Physical, MLB Approves Deal

According to Buster Olney, A.J. Burnett has passed his physical, and Major League Baseball has approved the deal. That makes the trade official. The Pirates will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for Burnett. They are expected to make that move tomorrow.

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Updated Value of a Win & How It Relates to Andrew McCutchen

A recent piece on Fangraphs re-establishes the value of the cost per win on the free agent market. How does this affect the decision by the Pirates this past off-season and going forward with Andrew McCutchen?

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Pirates Acquire Burnett from Yankees, pending approval

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates and the New York Yankees have agreed upon a deal sending right-hander A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh, pending a physical and approval from the commissioner, Dejan Kovacevic reports.  Under the terms of the deal, the Yankees will be paying $20 M of the $33M remaining on Burnett’s contract over the next two years. The Pirates will pay $5 M of Burnett’s salary for the 2012 season, $8 M for 2013. In...

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