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Burnett has moved around a bit over the course of his MLB career. He has played for the Marlins, Blue Jays and Yankees and is currently a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
By far the most tumultuous period of Burnett’s career came during his time with the Yankees. He struggled mightily in his adjustment from playing for small market teams in Florida and Toronto, to playing for the biggest and most publicized team in all of Major League Baseball when he joined the Yankees.
Burnett had huge expectations in New York after signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the team prior to the 2009 season.
He failed to reach those expectations as he posted an ERA over four in each of his three seasons with the team, and in his final two years his ERA was north of five.
After three seasons in New York, Burnett was traded to the Pirates this offseason, and has performed extremely well thus far. Burnett currently boasts a 3.52 ERA and his seven wins tie him for 10th in the National League.
A team lacking depth in their rotation could certainly use Burnett. He has always had great stuff, and is finally starting to put everything together after three subpar seasons in New York.
Right now the Pirates are off to a very good start, and that is partially due to the resurgence of Burnett. However, as they always do, the Pirates will slip below .500 prior to the trade deadline, and it will be in their best interest to move Burnett to a team desperate for starting pitching.