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Pirates sign free agent Jeromy Burnitz
01/04/2006 3:19 PM ET
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have signed free agent outfielder Jeromy Burnitz to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2007. No other terms of the deal were disclosed. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dave Littlefield.

Burnitz, 36, hit .258 (156-for-605) with 31 doubles, 24 home runs and 87 RBI last year with the Chicago Cubs. He played in all but two games during the 2005 season while making 158 appearances (153 starts) in right field and three appearances (two starts) in center field for the Cubs.

The left-handed hitter has a .255 lifetime batting average (1375-for-5397) with 286 doubles, 299 home runs and 932 RBI in 1583 games in the big leagues with the New York Mets (1993-94, 2002-03), Cleveland (1995-96), Milwaukee (1996-2001), Los Angeles Dodgers (2003), Colorado (2004) and Chicago Cubs (2005).

Burnitz has hit 30 or more home runs six times during his big league career, including a career-high 37 during the 2004 season with Colorado. He has also played in 150 or more games seven times during his 13-year career in the big leagues. Since the beginning of the 1997 season, Jeromy has played in a total of 1349 games, the eighth-most among all major leaguers in that time frame behind Andruw Jones (1420), Shawn Green (1402), Alex Rodriguez (1381), Rafael Palmeiro (1369), Johnny Damon (1363), Garret Anderson (1358) and Derek Jeter (1353).

To make room for Burnitz on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated infielder J.J. Furmaniak for assignment. Pittsburgh's 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

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