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Burdi (elbow) was traded to the Pirates for international slot money.
Originally selected by the Phillies with the third pick in Thursday's Rule 5 draft, he was then sent to Pittsburgh. The hard-throwing righty is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in late May. He made 75 pitches from 80 feet earlier this week, so his rehab appears to be going well. Burdi can touch triple digits with his fastball and has a wipeout slider, but his command/control was an issue even before the surgery, so it may be a year or two before he can locate well enough to reliably handle high-leverage situations. The Pirates can stash him on the disabled list to start the season, but he must be active (off the DL) for a minimum of 90 days in 2018, otherwise they would need to keep him on the active roster throughout the offseason and into the 2019 season. Burdi could return to game action sometime this summer.