Originally written February 08, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
Early this morning, Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors wrote about the Yankees desire to trade AJ Burnett and made up a list of teams he thought might be good fits for the veteran righty. At the top, he put the team that's been unsuccessfully trying to get a vetern right-handed starter to take their money for the last month now: the Pittsburgh Pirates. Shortly after that, Buster Olney openly ruminated that a Burnett-for-Garrett Jones swap might make sense for both sides. Right on the heels of that tweet, Ken Rosenthal mentioned that the Pirates have done their diligence on Burnett and that they're not one of the ten teams that he can block a trade to. All of this sort of begs the very obvious question: SHOULD the Pirates trade for AJ Burnett? Burnett is owed $33 million over the next two years, he was pretty bad in 2010 and 2011, his fastball is flagging, he's 35 years old, and even if his no-trade clause doesn't block a deal to the Pirates it's probably a pretty sa...
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