With a shortage of starting pitchers and CC Sabathia potentially out for the rest of the season, the Yankees have been on the look out for starting pitchers to trade for. One name they are looking passed — A.J. Burnett.
According to George King of the NY Post, the Phillies would potentially be willing to deal Burnett, but the Yankees don’t have a strong interest in the pitcher that once helped them to win a World Series.
While Burnett was a main cog in the World Series winning team, he was practically run out of town. After he posted a 5.20 ERA in 2010 and 2011, the Yankees paid the majority of his salary to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Since he left town, Burnett has had some success with a 3.53 ERA in two and a half years, but that came outside of the small confines of Yankee Stadium and in the National League with its weaker lineups. Yankees fans know all too well from Javier Vazquez that things don’t just get better the second time around and it seems that Brian Cashman has learned his lesson as well.