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The New York Yankees completed a trade Sunday to send veteran righthander A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Burnett passed his physical and baseball commissioner Bud Selig gave his approval to the deal because of the money involved.
The Yankees will send $20 million of the remaining $33 million on Burnett's contract to Pittsburgh and receive a pair of Class A prospects - reliever Diego Moreno and outfielder Exicardo Cayones.
The 35-year-old Burnett posted an 11-11 record with a 5.15 ERA in 32 starts last season. He has recorded a 34-35 mark with a 4.79 ERA since signing a five-year, $82.5 million contract prior to the 2009 campaign.
"A.J. Burnett is a solid veteran starting pitcher with an above-average pitch repertoire and potential to provide us with significant quality innings from our starting rotation," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said.
Burnett has compiled a 121-111 career record in 12 seasons with the Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Florida...
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Few would argue that the A.J. Burnett experiment in New York has largely been a major disappointment. During his three seasons toeing the rubber in the Bronx, Burnett posted a 34-35 record, with a 4.79 ERA. Of particular concern has been his inability to throw strikes, as he totaled 258 walks and 38 hit batters in 584 innings over the past three seasons. According to various reports...
Yesterday, MLBtraderumors reported that the Yankees and Pirates agreed in principle on a deal that will send A.J. Burnett to the Pirates in exchange for two low level prospects. As a part of the deal, the Yankees will assume 20 million of the remaining 33 million on Burnett’s contract. According to reports, the Yankees will get Exicardo Cayones and Diego Moreno from...
A.J. Burnett's rocky tenure in pinstripes is over.
A.J. Burnett was happy to escape from New York. "It was fun the first couple of years. Then it got like, I'm never going to get out of this funk," he said Monday, a day after the Yankees dealt him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a pair of low-level prospects. After signing an $82.5 million, five-year contract, Burnett helped the Yankees to their 27th World Series title in 2009.
A.J. Burnett was happy to escape from New York.
As Yankees pitchers and catchers reported on Sunday, A.J. Burnett was instead taking his physical to become a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and CC Sabathia glanced toward the area where Burnett's locker used to be.
The Pirates cleared a roster spot for AJ Burnett today by putting Rule 5 pick Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list. The exact vagaries of the Rule 5 process aren't perfectly clear to me, but I'm certain that Nunez has to be active for a certain number of days and so the Pirates can't just stow him away on the 60-day all year. Still, it's clear that this is how...
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BRADENTON — In order to make room for right-hander A.J. Burnett on the 40-man roster, the Pirates placed infielder Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list with a right ankle injury.
Nunez, 24, was selected from the Detroit Tigers in the Rule-5 draft in December by the Pirates.
During the 2011 season, Nunez hit .276 with 13 doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 26 RBI and 18...