Earlier this offseason we heard that the Yankees were shopping starting pitcher A.J. Burnett and were even willing to eat some of his salary to do so.
Not surprisingly, the Yankees haven’t had any luck in finding a taker. The Pirates and Braves were both supposedly interested, however the Yankees may not be willing to eat enough of Burnett’s salary that teams will be willing to make a move, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The Braves, who nearly landed Burnett the same offseason in which the Yankees ultimately signed him, could potentially still be interested. The catch though is that they would have to deal Jair Jurrjens first and then even still, the Yankees have to swallow more of his salary than they are willing to do. It’s hard to see them dump Derek Lowe for financial reasons and then pickup Burnett in the same offseason.
I know there are a lot of people who want to see Burnett out of the Bronx, but it remains very unlikely that will be traded at all. The Yankees have been hitting us over the head with this budget thing making it unlikely that they add another starter, swallowing Burnett’s entire salary would kill the budget without anything to show for it. It may be addition by subtraction, but the Yankees would probably be more likely to elect to try to squeeze something out of Burnett than to pay him $33 million to play somewhere else.