Well this is a first. The Yankees, desperate to save money, have traded an aging star pitcher to a small market team for future prospects. That seems a little backward...
Maybe, but it is entirely true. The Yankees will pay 20 of the remaining $30 million or so left A.J. Burnett's contract and in return the Yankees receive two prospects in single-A ball who have yet to be decided. The deal is likely to be finalized this week, just in time for pitchers and catchers to report to Florida for spring training.
Burnett was sort of a mistake here in New York and it never seemed like he was truly comfortable pitching in the intense New York media market. He did play rather well in a few playoff games, but the fans never rallied around him and his poor regular seasons were too much for him to overcome. In the end, although he is a decent pitcher, it is best for him to go. Another poor regular season would have been absolute Hell for him to deal with. It was an issue that neither he, the Yankees, or the fans probably wanted to deal with.
But, I am super high on Burnett to be a great pitcher out in Pittsburgh. Definitely draft him in your fantasy baseball leagues, he is probably going to be a huge steal.
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