Pirates Set to Acquire Burnett from Yankees

by kelly on February 17, 2012

The Yankees and Pirates have agreed in principle to a deal that will send veteran right hander A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted. Nothing is official, however, until MLB approves the deal, because of the large amount of cash involved.

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The Pirates will add another veteran arm to their rotation as they look to get relevant in the NL Central. They added lefty Erik Bedard this offseason. The Yankees are able to shed some payroll by moving Burnett as they look to get their rotation younger with guys like new trade acquisition Michael Pineda.

Burnett is set to make $16.5 million each of the next two seasons. He has been mostly a disappointment for the Bronx Bombers since signing a free agent deal before the 2009 season. Perhaps a move to a lower-profile team will take some pressure off of him as he tries to get his career back on track with the Bucs.

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