Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Jeromy Burnitz Changes His Mind

Jeromy Burnitz finalized his $6.7 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates after taking a physical Wednesday, but only after the unhappy Baltimore Orioles said the outfielder's agent backed out of a two-year deal.

Burnitz's Pirates contract calls for a $6 million salary this year and a $6 million mutual option for 2007 with a $700,000 buyout if the team declines its option. Baltimore thought Burnitz had agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract with the Orioles last week.

"My feeling is we had an agreement," Orioles vice president of baseball operations Jim Duquette said Wednesday. "Obviously, the agent didn't feel we did. My personal feeling is it sets a bad precedent when that's allowed to happen."

Burnitz never took the physical called for in that agreement. Burnitz's agent, Howard Simon, said that language regarding the physical resulted in the breakdown of Baltimore's deal.

Exactly one week after the sports world was announcing that Burnitz had signed with Baltimore, Burnitz rejects the Orioles' offer and signs with the Pittsburg Pirates.

I think this is a very good move for Pittsburg, since they really needed offense. Pittsburg is a young team that could go very far if they acquired the right players.

Why did Burnitz leave? He must have read my blog. :)


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