Rumor: Yankees continue to shop A.J. Burnett 14


It seems as if the Yankees are determined to get rid of A.J. Burnett has they have been getting the word out ever since the Michael PinedaJesus Montero swap that they would love to deal him, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.

Start reports that the Yankees would prefer to take on somebodies bad contract rather than eat Burnett’s salary, but there aren’t many comparable options out there.

Jason Bay of the Mets may be the best fit if teams are looking to just swap bad contracts. Burnett is owed $33 million over two years while Bay is owed $32 million over the same time period. Alfonso Soriano and Adam Dunn are two other names that have been thrown around as possibilities, but both have contracts that extend beyond 2014 which pretty much kills those possibilities.

The Yankees may be forced to just bite the bullet and eat most of his contract. At this point that $33 million might be a total loss, so if they could even save $10 million it could go a long way toward adding another bench piece and a DH.


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14 thoughts on “Rumor: Yankees continue to shop A.J. Burnett

  • Tanned Tom

    Straight up for Bay, or for Dunn with the White Sox paying his 2014 salary. Either works for me, but Soriano no way.

  • gordybravo

    Well by himself the interest in AJ is low,now if you say maybe pay half his contract and add say Hughes to the mix for say Justin Morneau,I think Minnesota would give it serious thought.With his contract and health issues I think Minnesota would go for it. If they want more we can always throw in a player like Cervelli, because he(Morneau) would make a great DH.

  • ddd

    What a disastrous signing Burnett was. Typical. Terrible mistake, eat the money. Thank god our payroll starts at $200!

  • NYYinATL

    Absolutely NO THANK YOU on Soriano and Dunn! Dunn especially looked like Stevie Wonder out there last year.

    The guy we want out of this list….is clearly Jason Bay! Do you all not remember what a pain in the ass he was with Boston a few years ago?? He can hit in the AL East and he's still only 33.

  • NYYinNC

    A trade for Bay would give another right handed bat/outfileder and makes sense – if it could be done. The problem with any trade is Burnett has a no trade clause in his contract. Offer a buyout on that to him, and move
    him on. He isn't the power pitcher he obviously thinks he is, and doesn't appear to be interested in learnng a
    pitch that could keep him competitive – change/cutter (with Mariano to teach it, what pitcher in his right mind wouldn't be interested?). If a deal ends up costing $20M of his salary paid, the decision is easy – $33M with him or $20 without him is a no brainer. The difference will help with the bench players needed.

  • Matt

    Bay could have contributed (*could have* not necessarily would have) if they didn't already sign Andruw. I love Andruw's attitude and charisma so I am glad they brought him back. But Andruw plus Bay means one on the bench a whole lot (Bay) and I think that would become a negative on what has evolved into a pretty good clubhouse.

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