The New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates have been talking about trading A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh.
The Yankees are willing to unload Burnett since the Yanks now have a surplus in pitching with the acquirement of former Seattle Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda. However, the Yankees want the Pirates to go somewhere around 50-50 when it comes to paying the rest of the $33 million owed to A.J. Burnett.
New York is trying to clear some salary to sign more position players, rumored to be Raul Ibanez, Johnny Damon, and Eric Chavez.
Burnett has been a bust for the Yankees going 11-11 with a 5.14 ERA, the second straight year with an ERA over five. Since Burnett signed a five year, $82.5 million deal with the Yankees in 2009, he has gone 34-35 with an ERA of 4.82. His 2010 season might have been one of the worst seasons for a Yankees starting pitcher ever, going 10-15 with an ERA of 5.26.