Originally posted on The Slanch Report  |  Last updated 2/27/12

Following his trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates, AJ Burnett wanted to wear his preferred uniform number, 34. Unfortunately it was already assigned to reliever Daniel McCutchen. 

So, like most pro athletes do, Burnett offered a cash incentive to his new teammate for the rights to the number. Nominally, this is handled with the purchase of a nice watch or the like; McCutchen though decided to go a different way. With a newborn on the way and making the Major League minimum, he held out for a better deal from his much more flush teammate. 

AJ has earned (well, been paid at least) $87M so far in his big league career and so McCutchen asked for Burnett to seed a college fund for the little McCutchen to-be.

I like it.

I just hope McCutchen pushed for Ivy League type college fund, not state school. 

[Hardball Talk]
 
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