Sunday, November 16, 2014

2015 Chachi Departures #1 A.J. Burentt

A.J. Burnett's recent signing with the Pirates allows me to play with my 1985 Topps template and make a Pirates card to mark Burnett's return to Pittsburgh.  This is the first of what should be many cards in the 2015 Chachi Departures insert set.

Burnett received a one-year deal from the Pirates worth $8.5 million, after turning down an option worth $12.75 million to pitch for the Phillies in 2015.  So in essence, Burnett paid $4.25 million not to pitch for the Phillies.  While you and I try to wrap our minds around that, here's the latest list of offseason Phillies comings and goings.

Moving On
Reid Brignac (10/2/14) - Elected free agency.
Jeremy Horst (10/2/14) - Elected free agency.
Jeff Manship (10/2/14) - Elected free agency.
Sean O'Sullivan (10/6/14) - Outrighted off the 40-man roster and released.
Tony Gwynn, Jr. (10/10/14) - Outrighted off the 40-man roster and elected free agency.
Mike Adams (10/30/14) - Team option declined, making him a free agent.
Kyle Kendrick (10/30/14) - Elected free agency.
Wil Nieves (10/30/14) - Elected free agency.
A.J. Burnett (11/3/14) - Declined option for 2015, elected free agency.  (Signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates 11/14/14)
Koyie Hill (11/4/14) - Elected free agency.
Brad Lincoln (11/4/14) - Elected free agency.

Coming Back
Andres Blanco (11/13/14) - Signed to a minor league contract and invited to spring training.

New Additions
Elvis Araujo (11/13/14) - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Cleveland Indians organization.

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