We heard some rumblings about the Pirates possibly inquiring on starter A.J. Burnett earlier this offseason, but it did not amount to much. Today, Ken Rosenthal wrote that the Pirates are believed to be one team that is considering a trade for the highly paid veteran.
First off, Burnett has a list of 10 teams he put on his no trade list. Amazingly, the Pirates are not among those 10 teams. Also, Burnett is set to make $33 million over the next 2 years, so the only way the Pirates could add him to the roster would be if the Yanks were willing to pay a decent amount of that.
Burnett has been a pretty big disappointment for the Yankees after signing a 5-year, $82.5 million contract following the 2008 season. However, Burnett’s peripherals are still pretty good and his xFIP has well-outperformed his ERA over the past 2 years. A move out of the rough AL East into the NL Central could be just what Burnett needs to bounce back from his days in NY.
Some speculation is that Garrett Jones would be involved in a deal for Burnett. The problem there is that if you trade Jones, then that leaves a pretty gaping hole at first base, which is already a big area of need for the club.
I can’t see having Burnett in the rotation as a bad thing, so this should be an interesting story to follow over the next few days.