The Yankees have had no success in their efforts to trade right-hander A.J. Burnett, who is owed $16.5 million in each of the next two seasons.â†µ
$16.5 million a year is way, way too much to pay Burnett, but he still has value as an innings-eater, and he deserved much better than his 5.15 ERA suggests - his underlying numbers are still pretty good. The Pirates badly need someone who can fill 200 innings next season, since their current rotation is loaded with question marks. Burnett is a pretty good bet to do that. Whether the Yankees will trade him might depend on how much salary the Pirates are willing to absorb. Also, we don't know when, exactly, the Pirates "expressed interest" - if it was before they acquired Erik Bedard, it might not matter now.â†µ
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