Sorry Sean Burnett but you’ve just bumped down a spot on the Pirates all time list of best Burnett’s. Enjoy your stay at the bottom!
After what seems like months but was actually days to weekishes, the Pirates and Yankees have FINALLY agreed on a trade that sends A.J. Burnett to the Burgh. Burnett will automatically pick up an alias of Burghnett for his troubles.
According to reports the Pirates will pick up $13 million of his remaining $33 million over the next two years.
It was reported that the Yankees actually completed the terms of a deal with The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Burnett, buttttttttttttt he said, “fooey on that, suck my no trade clause, homie, I wanna pitch in da Burgh!”. Actually his wife lives in Maryland and hates to fly, but that’s probably something else he was thinking.
Thus far the only name we have going the other way is minor league reliever Diego Moreno. Moreno is a 25 year old righty that has yet to make it past AA. In fact when challenged at the AA level he has failed, posting a 5.79 ERA and a 1.393 WHIP, allowing 9.6 H/9. Those numbers are awful compared to his numbers over his minor league career, but all of those good numbers came at lower levels, many of which he was too old for.
The Pirates mustn’t have thought too much of him as they left him unprotected in the Rule V draft. The rest of the league was in agreement as he was not picked.
There is still one more player going to the Yankees. He is also reported to not be a big ticket prospect, and will be coming from the low minors.