Pirates Don’t Seem to Like A.J. Burnett’s 2015 Salary
Jul24

Pirates Don’t Seem to Like A.J. Burnett’s 2015 Salary

Jayson Stark has several updates over at ESPN, including an update on the Pirates and A.J. Burnett. Earlier this week we heard that Burnett preferred to go back to Pittsburgh if he was going to get moved. Stark says that sources tell him the Pirates would need assurance that Burnett would retire, rather than picking up his player option next year that would pay as much as $14.25 M. In the article earlier this week, I pointed out how...

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A.J. Burnett Prefers the Pirates, But His Salary is Not Preferred
Jul22

A.J. Burnett Prefers the Pirates, But His Salary is Not Preferred

Ken Rosenthal has some interesting updates on A.J. Burnett: #Phillies’ Burnett not only prefers #Pirates as next club, but Bucs players said to be lobbying for his return. Player option may be issue… — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 22, 2014 …for #Pirates. Burnett at 21 starts for #Phillies. Option value is $8.5M at 24 starts, $10M at 27, $11.75M at 30 and maximum $12.75M at 32. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July...

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Pirates Had a Scout Watching A.J. Burnett’s Last Start
Jul21

Pirates Had a Scout Watching A.J. Burnett’s Last Start

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a scout watching A.J. Burnett’s last start on Friday. Gelb says that the scout wasn’t on his normal coverage, which makes it sound like this was a trip specifically to see Burnett. Burnett hasn’t been the same pitcher this year that he was with the Pirates. He has a 4.08 ERA and a 3.93 xFIP. His strikeouts are down, with a 7.4 K/9, which...

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First Pitch: A.J. Burnett Would Not Upgrade the Pirates Rotation
Jul04

First Pitch: A.J. Burnett Would Not Upgrade the Pirates Rotation

Here are the numbers for two pitchers. One of these pitchers is seen as a potential mid-season upgrade for the Pirates, and a guy who could help them for a playoff run. The other pitcher is a guy who is currently in the Pirates’ rotation, and who a lot of fans would have as the top candidate to be moved to the bullpen or traded away. Player A: 3.92 ERA / 4.04 xFIP Player B: 4.07 ERA / 4.23 xFIP You can tell by the title that one...

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Week In Review: Spring Training and 2014 Draft Coverage Begin
Feb16

Week In Review: Spring Training and 2014 Draft Coverage Begin

The Pirates started Spring Training this week, with workouts beginning on Thursday. For all of the Spring Training coverage, both now and throughout the pre-season, check out our Spring Training page. We started the week with previews of all four position groups: The Infield, The Outfield, The Rotation, and The Bullpen. One of the big question marks has been first base. The Pirates don’t have a guarantee with Andrew Lambo, but...

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