You don’t see these moves very often. But on Friday, it became reality.
The New York Yankees, Major League Baseball’s highest market team, traded starting pitcher A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates, one of Major League Baseball’s lowest market teams, for pitching prospect Diego Moreno and outfielder prospect Exicardo Cayones.
The major reason the Yankees made the move, according to the Associated Press is because they wanted to clear up some space to sign outfielder Raul Ibanez and infielder Eric Chavez.
The bottom line is that the Yankees would have had financial room to have all three players on the roster because the Yankees are the Yankees and the financial system in baseball is a joke, but there wasn’t room for Burnett in the rotation when they acquired Hiroki Kuroda from Los Angeles and Michael Pineda from Seattle earlier in the offseason.
Burnett, a former Blue Jay, was 11-11 and 173 strikeouts and a 5.15 earned run average for the Yankees in 2011. Burnett, who also played for the Florida Marlins in his career, won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009.