Worst Free Agent Contracts in Pittsburgh Pirates History
#10 Jeromy Burnitz, 1 year $6.7 million
The acquisition of Jeromy Burnitz was supposed to be a big-time signing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team was bringing in a veteran power hitter after a year when he hit .258 with 24 homers with the Cubs. But again, his season with the Pirates would end up being the last season in the career of Jeromy Burnitz.
Jeromy Burnitz was an outfielder who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2006 Major League Baseball season. Burnitz was signed by the Pirates as a free agent prior to the 2006 season and was brought in to provide power to the middle of the Pirates' lineup.
Burnitz had a solid start to his time with the Pirates, hitting six home runs in his first 19 games with the team. However, his production quickly tailed off, and he finished the season with a .230 batting average, 16 home runs, and 49 runs batted in.
Despite his struggles, Burnitz did provide some veteran leadership to a young Pirates team that was in the midst of a rebuilding process. He also played solid defense in right field, recording a .988 fielding percentage and committing just two errors in 118 games.
After the 2006 season, Burnitz became a free agent and was not re-signed by the Pirates. He retired from baseball in 2007, finishing his career with a .253 batting average, 315 home runs, and 981 runs batted in over 14 seasons in the major leagues.