Burnett trade now official

Burnett passed the physical and mlb approved the trade. Done deal.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 19, 2012

Now that the trade is official and approved by MLB, a corresponding roster move must be made by the Pirates to make room for A.J. Burnett on the 40-man roster. The likely candidates seem to be Duke Welker or Gustavo Nunez.

I’ll update this post to reflect the move when it is announced.

UPDATE:

Rule V draft pick Gustavo Nunez has been placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Burnett.