As the Yankees are looking to fill their DH role they are stating that they have just $1-$2 million to spend. That number would go up if they could find a way to trade A.J. Burnett though, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The Yankees have been trying to trade Burnett all offseason, but have had no luck so far. General manager Brian Cashman suggested that he would be willing to get creative and we’ve heard that they are willing to eat as much as $8 million to move him.
Now that they have revamped their rotation by adding Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda they are likely to be more motivated to move Burnett. Heyman suggested they might be willing to eat as much as $23 million of the $33 million he is owed. That seems a bit high, but that might be necessary if they are serious about moving him.
The Yankees need to fill two more roles this offseason, signing a backup to Alex Rodriguez, probably Eric Chavez, and add a DH. They can’t do that with just $2 million and they have seven starters for five rotation spots. Cashman will be trying his best over the rest of the offseason to swap one of his starters, preferrably Burnett, but probably Phil Hughes otherwise, to add one of the two bats they still need.
The problem is that Burnett and Hughes didn’t do much last year to make them attractive pieces. Cashman has proved to be better than most of us expected this offseason. Let’s see if he can pull off his coup.