They may be looking to add starting pitchers this offseason, but the Yankees are trying to subtract at least one – A.J. Burnett – and are even willing to eat up to $8 million to make him more attractive, according to George King of the NY Post.
Unfortunately it doesn’t appear that teams are interested in Burnett even as the Yankees take a bite out of the $33 million he is owed over the next two seasons.
It’s impossible to say if they would eventually be willing to eat more of the money he is owed, but at some point a team would likely bite if they did. As bad as A.J. has been for the Yankees, he’s been able to go out and make his scheduled start every fifth day. Once the major free agents are off the market it is possible somebody could view him as a potential fall back option.