BRADENTON, Fla. -- A year ago, A.J. Burnett walked out of Pittsburgh. Then he talked his way back in. The Steel City, he decided, is where he wanted to take the final spin of a what will be a 17-year career.
Are the Pirates being taken for a ride, or will they get a joyride for their $8.5 million ticket? Having Burnett back in their midst has already flipped the fun switch in camp; the 38-year-old is always louder, bubblier and more caustic than anybody else in the room. Those qualities figure to be even keener in this final roundup, so he'll do a lot to keep the team loose.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.