The Pirates have young talent in their starting rotation and plenty more working its way up through the minors. What they lack is experience.

A.J. Burnett has pitched 13 years in the majors and has started seven postseason games. He sent his cap to the Hall of Fame after tossing a no-hitter in 2001, but was jeered the past two years by New York Yankees fans who expected more than he could deliver.

The Pirates acquired Burnett on Sunday for two low-level prospects. Management hopes the right-hander's knowledge will benefit the rest of the pitching staff.

"It's a challenge I accept," Burnett said Monday, as he began his first day of spring training camp at Pirate City.