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 Pineda–Jesus 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.