Yankees set to deal Burnett to Pirates

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The Yankees and Pirates are in agreement on a deal for starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, according to a source. The teams are working through one final detail today and Burnett will take a physical Sunday.

The deal requires approval from MLB.


The Yankees will pay approximately $18 million of the $31 million left on Burnett's contract and receive two low-level minor leaguers from the Pirates — OF Exicardo Cayones and RHP Diego Moreno — sources say.


Yankees’ pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Tampa on Sunday.
Once the deal is completed, the Yankees plan to move quickly to sign free-agent designated hitter Raul Ibanez and infielder Eric Chavez, sources said.


The Yankees had discussed Burnett with three other teams.


Talks with the Cleveland Indians about a possible Burnett-for-Travis Hafner exchange “never got serious,” one source said.

The Los Angeles Angels were willing to part with their own left-handed DH, Bobby Abreu, but the Angels are on Burnett’s no-trade list and the pitcher will not approve such a deal, sources said. His family lives in Maryland, and his wife, Karen, does not like to fly.


The identity of the fourth club that checked in on Burnett is not known.
 

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why is this the only team we make deals with,its always the yankees,we keep scooping up their garbage
 

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Pittsburgh should have made the Yankees pay more salary. I don't see what this deal does for them. Burnett hasn't been very good for years, and now the Pirates are bailing the Yanks out of a bad contract?
 
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Pittsburgh should have made the Yankees pay more salary. I don't see what this deal does for them. Burnett hasn't been very good for years, and now the Pirates are bailing the Yanks out of a bad contract?


Yeah but it's still a Deal.... They are getting him at $6.5Mil per
They are willing to take the chance with him because of his NL experience.

Hey you never know.... Better than what they already have.
 

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Yeah but it's still a Deal.... They are getting him at $6.5Mil per
They are willing to take the chance with him because of his NL experience.

Hey you never know.... Better than what they already have.

Good point, but they were burned so badly on the Matt Morris fiasco a few years back, you would have thought that they had learned their lesson about bailing big market teams out on aging pitchers. Also, look what the Cubs are paying for Zambrano. Yes, he's nuts, but he will also be pitching for a contract. I have to think that he has more upside than Burnett at this point. All that said, the Buccos did dodge a bullet when Edwin Jackson turned the contract down (if the reports are legit). I think that they would have regretted that one big time in a couple of years.
 

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why is this the only team we make deals with,its always the yankees,we keep scooping up their garbage


Garbage is doing well:



Burnett (15-4) allowed six runs, seven hits, and a walk, and he two hit batsmen, but he was good enough to become the first Pirates pitcher to win 15 games since Todd Ritchie in 1999.
 

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