With the two moves the Yankees made yesterday they now have seven starters to fill five spots in the rotation. Who is the odd man out? Most Yankees fans had hoped that it would be A.J. Burnett, however his agent spoke with Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News who said that he fully expects to be apart of next year’s rotation.
“I haven’t spoken to A.J. since (Friday) night, but it’s safe to say everyone assumed the Yankees would make moves to improve their rotation,” Burnett’s agent Darek Braunecker told the Daily News. “How and if it affects AJ is yet to be seen. I know he has worked as hard this offseason as any, even more so, to make sure he’s healthy and capable to pitch as well as he can.
“He fully expects to be in the rotation.”
I hate to say it, but unless the Yankees can find somebody to take his contract off their hands, I fully expect him to be in the rotation too. The reason is because they still owe him $33 million over the next two years so unless they are willing to eat the entire $33 million (unlikely) than the best thing for him and the organization is for him to make a start every fifth day in the hopes that he rights himself.
Now this doesn’t mean that he will finish the season in the rotation. It may not even mean he is in the rotation come June, but they will certainly try to get him right even if they plan on keeping a short leash on him.
Sorry, the Yankees might have made significant upgrades to their rotation Friday, but that doesn’t mean that A.J. Burnett is done as a Yankee yet.