Burnett: The good, the bad and the A.J.
With A.J. Burnett's time in pinstripes nearing an end, we look at his ups and downs with the Yankees.
- Yankees sign Burnett Dec. 18, 2008
- A solid debut 2009 season
- The Pie Man Cometh May 16, 2009
- Inconsistent, but a champ 2009 postseason
- Losing streaks 2010 season
- The black eye Sept. 6, 2010
- One batter too many 2010 postseason
- Second half swoon 2011 season
- Topping the Tigers 2011 postseason
- Traded to the Pirates Feb. 17, 2012
Yankees sign Burnett
A.J. Burnett signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Yankees. In 10 seasons with Florida and Toronto, Burnett had an 87-76 record and 3.81 ERA, striking out 1,278 batters in 1,376.1 innings. Even then Burnett had a Jekyll-and-Hyde reputation as a pitcher with electric stuff who had tendencies to be wild. He had been particularly tough on the Yankees in 2008 as a member of the Blue Jays, going 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in five starts, leading some Yankees — including Derek Jeter — to lobby for the team to sign him. At his introductory press conference, Burnett expressed confidence. "I think I'll fit right in," he said. "I grew up in this game. You don't point fingers, you take the blame like a man and be accountable."
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