Yankees and Pirates settle on prospects in Burnett trade

The Yankees and Pirates have crossed all the T’s and dotted the…lowercase J’s and have sent the A.J. Burnett deal off to the commissioners office to be approved and finalized.

The Pirates will pay just $13 million of the $33 million Burnett is owed over the next two seasons, paying $5 million this year and $8 million next season, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. In return they get prospects Diego Moreno, a right handed reliever, and Exicardo Cayones, an outfielder, Sherman wrote.

The two prospects are nothing to get excited over as neither was ranked prominently in the Pirates organizational rankings.

Moreno is a 25-year-old who has only thrown 194 innings in five seasons in the minor leagues. His numbers aren’t bad, a 2.41 ERA, 9.8 K/9 and a 2.3 BB/9, but because the sample size is so small and he’s been consistently older than the competition he seems like an organizational arm at best.

Cayones is a 20-year-old corner outfielder who gets on base at a decent clip, a career .372 OBP, but has no power at all, a career .380 SLUG%, and doesn’t steal bases well at all, he’s 14-for-28 lifetime. That’s not even a profile of a major league bench player.

So this was really all about saving some cash. The fact that the Pirates are paying more next year than this year means something too. With free agents like Cole Hamels and Matt Cain looming just a year away having a slightly smaller payroll next offseason can come into effect. $3 million may not seem like a make or break for signing Hamels, it isn’t, but it does give them extra flexibility to make smaller moves behind maybe one big one. We may think of the Yankees as having unlimited cash, but the past two offseasons have shown us that they do try to stick to a budget.

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8 Responses to Yankees and Pirates settle on prospects in Burnett trade

  1. gordybravo says:

    Next year is no problem because Soriano,Swisher,and maybe Mariano Rivera's(God forbid) contracts are coming off the books. That's almost 40mill.,more then enough to sign whom ever they want.

    • sunburnt cow says:

      Soriano will exercise his 2013 option to be a $11 million set up man.

      • Gonzalo says:

        That will be interesting.
        If he has an amazing year, good for us but he wouldn't exercise his option, he would look for another deal like the 3 years he already has or something close to Madson and Papelbon deals.
        But if he has bad or the same numbers then for sure we'll get stuck with him

  2. Vijay says:

    Nice signing Hal !

  3. john says:

    If either of these two clowns ever even make it to the big league roster at all big win.

  4. Gonzalo says:

    Yankees just signed Clay Rapada to a minor league contract. I like him to help Logan

    If Girardi uses him just against lefties and nothing else he is a very good option.
    Last 3 years (2009,10,11) against lefties: .110-AVG, .175-0BP, .164-SLG, .339-OPS

    The problem comes when the manager uses him against right bats.
    Last 3 years: .471-AVG .591-OBP, 1.029-SLG, 1.620-OPS. That's horrible.

    • NYYinATL says:

      Good stats….thanks!

      Amazing that with this type of insanely drastic split, the O's office wasn't smart enough to realize him as a lefty specialist?!?! Guess that's why they're the O's.

  5. snarky basterd says:

    This is really bad; the Yankees now have a serious deficiency at the vital position of whipped cream pie maker.

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