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12/18/2008 2:35 PM ET
New York Yankees sign right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett
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The New York Yankees announced today they have signed right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett to a five-year contract.

Burnett, 31, went 18-10 with a 4.07 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 35 games (34 starts) with Toronto in 2008, posting career highs in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched (221.1). He led the American League in strikeouts, fanning 10-or-more batters a career-high six times, was tied for first in games started and tied for fourth in wins. Over his final 15 starts, he went 9-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 10 quality starts.

Since 2000, Burnett is tied for sixth in the Majors in shutouts (nine) and ranks ninth in lowest opponent's average (.235). He has won at least 10 games in each of the last four seasons and six times overall in his career. Over the last three seasons since he joined the American League, Burnett ranks third among AL pitchers in strikeouts (525), owns the fifth-lowest opponent's batting average (.242) and is tied for the 10th-most wins (38).

Originally selected by the New York Mets in the eighth round of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft, Burnett owns a career record of 87-76 with a 3.81 ERA in 215 Major League games (211 starts) with Florida (1999-2005) and Toronto (2006-08). He has also compiled 19 complete games, nine shutouts and 1,278 strikeouts.

Against American League East competition, he is 26-8 with a 3.08 ERA in 45 career starts, including a 5-0 record and 2.56 ERA vs. Boston. Among active pitchers who have made at least 30 starts against AL East teams, Burnett's .765 winning percentage ranks first, while his ERA is second only to Pedro Martinez' 3.06.

The Little Rock, Ark., native also threw the third no-hitter in Marlins history on May 12, 2001 at San Diego (9BB, 7K).
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