Yankees Still Trying to Trade A.J. Burnett

by kelly on February 16, 2012

The Bronx Bombers are still working on unloading the big contract of right-handed starter A.J. Burnett. The team has been uncharacteristically cautious financially this offseason and has been looking to clear Burnett’s salary and roster space for some younger players.

Jon Heyman tweets that the Pirates are still the likely destination for the 35-year-old starter, with the Yankees paying a big chunk of the $33 million still owed to him.

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The Yankees and Angels apparently had a Burnett for Bobby Abreu swap on the table, but Burnett rejected the team, preferring to play on the east coast because his wife is afraid of flying, ESPN.com’s Wallace Matthews wrote.

It is likely that Burnett would approve a trade to Pittsburgh. The two sides just need agree on financial details for something to get done.

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