The rumor has been around for what seems like forever, but now it looks like the trade is actually going to happen. What trade? The trade that would send the aging and overpaid A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates. MLB.com is reporting that the Pirates will pay $13 million of the $33 million owed to Burnett over the next two seasons. The Yankees will be receiving minor league outfielder Exicardo Cayones and minor league righthander Diego Moreno.
Burnett was actually scheduled to report to spring training with the New York Yankees on Sunday, but now he will be taking a physical for the Pirates. That is quite the change in plans, yeah? Once the trade is completed, the Yankees are expected to go after a free-agent DH and they want to re-sign reserve infielder Eric Chavez. It’s being reported that the Yankees really want Raul Ibanez as their DH.
It seems like most Yankee fans are happy with this trade and I can’t blame them. He just wasn’t worth the money they were paying him. As a lot of people say, “Some players just can’t make it in New York.” I guess that was especially true for A.J. Burnett.