Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Baltimore Lands Burnitz

Free agent outfielder Jeromy Burnitz and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed on a two-year contract, pending the results of a physical.

A team source, speaking on the condition of anonymity since the deal has not been finalized, said Wednesday night that the deal will pay the former Chicago Cubs' right fielder between $10 million and $12 million.

The 36-year-old Burnitz hit .258 with 24 homers and 87 RBIs with the Cubs last season. The 13-year veteran would fill the hole in left field left by the departure of Eric Byrnes, who was not offered a contract for 2006....

Burnitz has played for four teams in three years. The left-handed hitter has 299 career home runs, but he's also struck out 1,302 times.

Burnitz played in 160 games last season with the Cubs. In 2004 with Colorado, he had 37 homers and 110 RBIs in 150 games.

He brings to the Orioles some sorely needed power, and can play any outfield position. He has hit at least 30 homers in six of his last seven seasons. Selected by the Mets with the 17th overall pick in the 1990 draft, Burnitz broke into the majors with New York in 1993. He played in the 1999 All-Star game as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Read the whole article here.

Why would anyone CHOOSE to go to Baltimore? Everyone wants to get out. Tejeda is trying desperately to leave. The Orioles are a complete mess. Why would Burnitz waste his talent in Baltimore?

I guess for the money....


  • Well...I certainly wouldn't go there...maybe he liked what he saw at the beginning of last year..

    By Blogger Matt A., at 8:08 PM  

  • And he hasn't been paying attention to what has been going on there for the rest of the year? :)

    By Blogger MVB, at 6:37 AM  

  • Maybe he fell asleep in Chicago for the second half of the season...:)

    By Blogger Matt A., at 8:38 AM  

  • Or maybe he thinks the beginning Baltimore is more like how they will really be...I say "dream on."

    By Blogger Matt A., at 8:39 AM  

  • Poor guy... I hate it when talent is wasted!

    By Blogger MVB, at 10:46 AM  

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