The Pirates today agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Jeromy Burnitz on a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2007. Financial terms were not immediately available, but the salary for the coming season is believed to be in the range of $6 million.
Burnitz, who will turn 37 April 15, has 299 career home runs and will fill the Pirates' desire for a power-hitting cleanup hitter in right field. He batted .258 last season for the Chicago Cubs with 24 home runs, 31 doubles and 87 RBIs. He led the team with 160 games played and 40 two-out RBIs.