Pirates Activate A.J. Burnett; Option Ryan Reid to Indianapolis

A.J. Burnett
A.J. Burnett has been activated for today’s start.. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett from the disabled list and have optioned Ryan Reid to make room. Burnett will make the start today in Chicago after missing the last month with a leg injury.

It’s good for the Pirates to have Burnett back in the rotation, as it adds some depth. Jeanmar Gomez has already been bumped from the rotation to the bullpen. I’m sure this will begin the questions of whether Gomez should be in the rotation still and someone else should be removed (Charlie Morton). In fact, I’ve already gotten several of those comments in reaction to yesterday’s outing from Morton.

Morton hasn’t been that bad, so this puts the Pirates in another situation of having to decide between two starting pitchers who are putting up numbers deserving of the rotation. The Morton/Gomez debate is for another time, but I think anyone would agree that having Burnett over either of them is a boost for the rotation.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Didn’t morales get traded to the A’s or mariners? I like morales but his obs is no better then jones obs. I would like to see a guy with good obs much like marte and mccuthen. I would also like to see a power bat to hit around Pedro. Pedro may see more pitch Arline’s unless we get someone with nice gap power, obs, and ba. Hunter pence seems logical type of guy to eye ball without losing much. I am just glad I am not in the front office to find these pieces

Ron Loreski

I’m currently hoping the Giants continue losing so Hunter Pence becomes available. There isn’t a more perfect fit out there. The guy is a gritty, hard-working, .300 right-handed bat with World Series experiment. Free agent at the end of the season. Minimal risk, extremely high reward.


How about a guy like Marlon Byrd? I cannot imagine it would take much to get him. He’s a good outfielder, strong arm, and can still hit.

I would hate to see this team – who I think is still 1-2 years away from really hitting on all cylinders – give up a 2-3 good prospects for a guy like Rios – who obviously would not be part of their long term future. Instead, get someone like a Marlon Byrd at a much lower price, but who could still help this team a lot.

Matt Beam

Whoever they get HAS to be immune to the pressures of hitting with runners in scoring position… this team is absolutely awful at it (today’s game as an example)… they waste a lot of chances to manufacture runs or get a big hit with 2 outs… Alvarez, Mercer, and Sanchez so far today… how about Kendrys Morales – we don’t need another first baseman but Jones stinks in clutch situations this year and our bench is terrible at the moment as far as PH

Brian Gahagen

I know Inge hits worse than Barmes right now but I think he has something left for the second half but the leash is short. I like Rios btw I think he could be a nice upgrade over Tabata…hopefully they just swap jerseys.


Harrison, Hague, d’Arnaud – any of them would do over Inge. I’d also see if I could package Morton, a mid tier prospect or two, and Snider or Tabata to get a another arm in the bullpen. Lambo should then be given a shot in RF. And you would still have either Snider or Tabata as a fall back plan.

Replacing McKenry with Sanchez would be an upgrade as well.


Also, can we end the ridiculous Inge Experiment?


If you want to compare overall performance to date, Gomez is a no-brainer choice over Morton. I could even make a case for Cumpton over Morton. The problem with Morton however, he would not be someone I would want coming out of the bullpen in a key situation. I would either cut him or try to package him in a trade, although he has little value.

Tyler Fankhauser

With how Neal Huntington has approached the trade deadline with his low risk high reward targets these past few season I would say Lambo would be an after thought until then. It all depends on how the organization feels about the options out there like Byrd, Pena, Ibanez, and Rios. Regardless in my opinion I would say he will be on the 25 man by August 31st. It would be a shame to have a playoff (hopefully) bench with Inge instead of Lambo.

Brian Gahagen

anyway… How much longer till # freelambo

Brian Gahagen

Not sure why there is angst…Your scenarios and analysis is what brings me back! please just enjoy the prospect coverage…It’s first rate!


No need to report “thoughts to come.” Just report the facts. Burnett went up and Reid went to Indianapolis. End of the story and all we really need to know.

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