Burnitz never took the physical called for in that agreement. Burnitz's agent, Howard Simon, said that language regarding the physical resulted in the breakdown of Baltimore's deal.
Burnitz, who turns 37 in April, played in 150 games in 2004 with the Rockies and 160 games last season for the Cubs, when he hit 24 homers and drove in 87 runs. He has 92 homers while playing for four clubs over the last three seasons, and has three homers in 92 career at-bats in PNC Park.
To make room for Burnitz on their 40-man roster, the Pirates designated infielder J.J. Furmaniak for assignment.
George Von Benko interviews new Pirates outfielder Jeromy Burnitz.