The Yankees have expressed interest in LHP Sean Burnett, but the Nats and Yankees haven’t had any discussions — yet
Nationals have not yet made Burnett available. Yankees have discussed him internally.
There have also been reports that the Yankees weren’t in Washington specifically to see Burnett, but that may just be a flat out denial of the truth or it may only be technically true. The Yankees may not have been there to scout just Burnett, but they may have real interest in him.
My initial reaction is that Burnett is an interesting young lefty, but he’s having a bad year. Now he’s young enough where it might just be a bad start or it could be a sign that he isn’t as good as his numbers were in the past. He hasn’t done terribly against lefties this year. They are hitting just .226 off him with an .696 OPS. That’s better than Boone Logan‘s .264 and .784 respectively so he is an upgrade, if only slight.
If the Yankees are going to trade for a guy, this is probably the type to target. He is an upgrade over what they have, he’s on the right side of 30 meaning there is less of an injury risk, and he is under contract for the next couple of years at a reasonable rate. He will make $2.3 million next year and has a mutual $3.5 million option for 2013.
Really this is a player that the Yankees should pursue, but only make an offer depending on the availability of other lefty relievers and the price the Nationals expect. He might not be worth breaking the bank for, but it would be nice to grab him for a modest package.