AJ Burnett trade to Pirates “close”

After much speculation on a trade for AJ Burnett, it looks as though it may be finally completed by this weekend. Joel Sherman on the New York Post believes this trade will definitely be completed and Burnett will not be in Yankees camp when all players need to arrive next week.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York believes the Yankees will receive 13-15 million in salary relief in this deal. Also, he mentioned the Yankees will recieve grade A level prospects in return.

As a sidenote, ESPN learned that AJ Burnett rejected a trade to the Angels that would have given the Yankees Bobby Abreu. Burnett rejected the deal because his wife is afraid of flying and didn’t want to travel across the country.

Overall, say the Yankees get 14 million back on Burnett’s remaining 33 million dollars, the Pirates will pay 42 percent of his remaining deal. For a pitcher that has back to back seasons with an ERA of five, this is a steal for the Yankees. They will save approximately 7 million for the next two seasons and will use that money to go sign a DH (Ibanez/Damon) and a utility infielder in Eric Chavez.

When camp opens next week if the Yankees have subtracted Burnett and added Ibanez and Chavez, they completed a wonderful offseason.

 

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2 responses to “AJ Burnett trade to Pirates “close”

  1. You hit the nail on the head; with the completion of a Burnett trade, the Yanks’ Cashman will have pulled off a coup. Shoring up the pitching rotation while SAVING money? Who’d have thought that would be something the Yanks could do? Great offseason.

  2. One of the best offseason’s the Yankees have had in a while. Bringing in Pineda, getting rid of Burnett and part of his contract and filling other small positions cheaply. Fantastic job by Cashman. Should be up for GM of the year.

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