New York Yankees Agree to Trade AJ Burnett to Pittsburgh Pirates

February 17, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments
Article Source: Bleacher Report - New York Yankees


A.J. Burnett is finally getting traded.

All week long, we all speculated as to whether Burnett would get traded before the Yankees self-imposed Saturday deadline, and he is, in fact, on his way.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Yankees will send Burnett and $20 million to Pittsburgh.

The Pirates will send two moderate-level prospects back to the Yankees, while only being on the hook for $13 million of Burnett’s deal.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post said that right-handed pitcher Diego Moreno is one of the prospects heading over to the Yankees in the deal.

It’s been a rocky stint for Burnett since arriving in the 2009 season. He started out well with a 13-9 record in 2009, but since then, went 21-26.

He had a couple of games where he pitched well in the postseason, like in Game 2 of the 2009 World Series and Game 4 of the 2011 ALDS, but for the most part, Burnett was as inconsistent as a pitcher could be.

Going over to the National League, Burnett should pitch better, facing weaker lineups.

Burnett will need to pass his physical with Pittsburgh, and because there is a lot of money being exchanged between the Yankees and Pirates, the league will have to approve of the deal.

But for right now, A.J. Burnett will not be a Yankee, he will be a Pirate in the 2012 season.

For a lot of Yankee fans, it’s good news all over, because after the last two seasons, Burnett wore out his welcome in the Bronx.

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