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

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Dec. 18, 2008

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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