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    Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    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.

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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    I wonder what this signing means for Craig Wilson and his .387 OBP in 2005 (.363 OBP lifetime). Burnitz posted a .322 OBP last season for the Cubs. Maybe the Pirates envision more output by Burnitz as PNC Park favours lefthanded hitters.

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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Thunder
    I wonder what this signing means for Craig Wilson and his .387 OBP in 2005 (.363 OBP lifetime). Burnitz posted a .322 OBP last season for the Cubs. Maybe the Pirates envision more output by Burnitz as PNC Park favours lefthanded hitters.
    More likely, the Pirates are continuing their front office ineptitude. Craig Wilson is the better player, but with Sean Casey at first, Jason Bay and Jeromy Burnitz at the corner outfield spots, there's no place left for Craig Wilson.

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    BA/OBP/SLG/OPS: .268/.363/.488/.851

    Burnitz
    BA/OBP/SLG/OPS: .255/.348/.485/.833

    Another move by the Pirates designed to keep us out of the cellar. Thanks, Dave Littlefield.

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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    That means that the Ramirez/Clement for Tejada deal may be on again as Burnitz was mean to be going to Os which supposedly killed off that deal. However, I don't think the trade will help the REDS.

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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    As long as Burnitz doesn't go "Derek Bell" on the Pirates, this ought to be a good pick-up for the Buccos.
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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    You suppose the Pirates would take Dave Williams back for Craig Wilson?

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    Another move by the Pirates designed to keep us out of the cellar. Thanks, Dave Littlefield.[/QUOTE]
    Im not so sure about that, take a look at the Pirates young pitching and then get back with me.
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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    How does Jeromy Burnitz keep getting a job year after year?

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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    Quote Originally Posted by redsfanmia
    Another move by the Pirates designed to keep us out of the cellar. Thanks, Dave Littlefield.
    Im not so sure about that, take a look at the Pirates young pitching and then get back with me.[/QUOTE]

    i think our own moves have done an adequate job of ensuring our last-place finshes.
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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    Quote Originally Posted by redsfanmia
    Another move by the Pirates designed to keep us out of the cellar. Thanks, Dave Littlefield.
    Im not so sure about that, take a look at the Pirates young pitching and then get back with me.[/QUOTE]


    Littlefield is clearly the best GM the Reds have had over the last 10 years.
    "Sometimes, it's not the sexiest moves that put you over the top," Krivsky said. "It's a series of transactions that help you get there."

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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    It would be interesting to research whether these players they are picking up had their best seasons in a particular year. I'm starting to think that the Pirates stopped their subscription to the baseball statistics service a few years back and are making decisions based on 3 or 4 year-old data. It certainly explains the interest in Sosa. If that proves to be the case, DanO should send them Eric Milton!
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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    $6 million per year for Burnitz is a bad deal, regardless of who is on the mound.
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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    I also would not have given Burnitz even close to 6 million dollars. But we are the team that is paying Eric Milton big dollars to throw batting practice.

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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    Quote Originally Posted by alex trevino
    How does Jeromy Burnitz keep getting a job year after year?
    He's not chopped liver, you know. An .833 OPS isn't in the stratosphere, but it's above a good number of established ML players. Including one infielder whom the Reds recently signed.
    We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.

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    Re: Pirates sign Jeromy Burnitz

    Code:
    Wilson
    Year	Age	AB	H	2B	3B	HR	BB	AVG	OBP	SLG	Home
    2005	28	197	52	14	1	5	30	264	387	421	PNC
    2004	27	561	148	35	5	29	50	264	354	499	PNC
    2003	26	309	81	15	4	18	35	262	360	511	PNC
    2002	25	368	97	16	1	16	32	264	355	443	PNC
    
    Burnitz
    Year	Age	AB	H	2B	3B	HR	BB	AVG	OBP	SLG	Home
    2005	36	605	156	31	2	24	57	258	322	435	Wrigley
    2004	35	540	153	30	4	37	58	283	356	559	Coors
    2003	34	464	111	22	0	31	35	239	298	487	Shea/Dodger
    2002	33	479	103	15	0	19	58	215	311	365	Shea
    and unlike Wilson, Burnitz didn't have two surgeries on the index finger of his lefthand last year.

    for whatever reason, Littlefield hates Craig Wilson. not sure why. maybe he's confusing Jack Wilson's numbers with Craig Wilson's numbers?
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