Pirates take fresh approach to free agency with return of Burnett

   November 14, 2014 5:44 pm

Welcome back, A.J. Burnett.   The Pirates bolstered their pitching staff by getting Burnett on Friday.   Burnett, who won 26 games in two seasons with the Pirates, signed a one-year deal worth $8.5 million.   Burnett pitched last season with the Phillies and struggled, going 8-18 with a 4.59 ERA.   The Pirates get…

Are the Phils interested in Burnett?

   February 1, 2014 11:23 pm

Looks like there could be another team in play for the services of A.J. Burnett — the Phillies. Here’s a look at their potential interest:   – Rick Green

Free-agent Friday: Burnett interested in playing?

   January 31, 2014 2:15 pm

There’s been some chatter lately that the widely held view of pitcher A.J. Burnett playing for the Pirates or retiring might not be the case. The Pirates passed on giving Burnett a qualifying offer in the offseason. They would have been on the hook for about $14 million, which isn’t bad for a pitcher coming…

New Year’s resolutions for the Pittsburgh Pirates

   December 31, 2013 1:58 pm

It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without resolutions for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Here’s what I’d like to see in 2014: Add to the payroll. The Pirates long have been called cheap. Now that they have a winner, they need to keep it that way. They should open the wallets in January and make a good…

Budget-minded Bucs toss millions at pitchers

   December 12, 2013 12:48 pm

The bar has been set in baseball. The standard for a new, cheap pitcher is $5 million. That’s what the Pittsburgh Pirates will give Edinson Volquez for one year. Volquez, 30, who had a breakthrough season in 2008 with the Reds, went 9-12 last year with a 5.71 ERA pitching for the Dodgers and Padres….

Pirates need to solve Wainwright to win

   October 8, 2013 12:19 pm

Since A.J. Burnett’s thud in Game 1, I’ve been telling any Pirates fan, “Burnett can’t start Game 5.” Thankfully, he won’t. The Pittsburgh Pirates will turn to rookie Gerrit Cole in St. Louis Wednesday in an effort to continue their magical season. “I believe that matchup is the best we can do to beat the…

A.J. Burnett comes through for the Pirates

   August 31, 2013 11:59 pm

A.J. Burnett was clutch for the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday night against the Cardinals. Here are the highlights. – Rick Green

Pirates’ Martin shows off arm, bat in win over Rockies (video)

   August 5, 2013 12:37 pm

A.J. Burnett was the star of the day for the Pirates Sunday, going the distance and striking out nine in a 5-1 win over the Rockies. Catcher Russell Martin tried his best, however, throwing out a running and hitting a three-run homer. Here he is flashing his arm and later his bat: – Rick Green

Pirates all alone in first place

   April 28, 2013 5:25 pm

It’s not too often that you can says this, even if it is the end of April: The Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place. It’s especially nice after they started the season 1-5. The Bucs took two out of three games against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend to pass them up in the NL…

Strikeout king Burnett best part of bounce-back Bucs right now (video)

   April 18, 2013 12:28 pm

With apologies to Andrew McCutchen, the cover boy for “MLB The Show” and the hot-starting Starling Marte, the best thing going with the Pittsburgh Pirates is A.J. Burnett. Burnett took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning Wednesday night, giving up a double to Carlos Beltran in a 5-0 win. Burnett whiffed four of the…