Report: Yankees Open To A.J. Burnett Trade, Find No Takers

NEW YORK (WFAN) — A.J. Burnett, anyone?


According to the New York Post, the Yankees have let teams know that they are ready to listen to trade offers for the embattled starter. They’re even reportedly willing to kick in $8 million of the $33 million he’s owed over the next two seasons.

But so far, reported the paper, the Yankees “haven’t gotten a nibble.”

New York general manager Brian Cashman let it slip last month that Burnett would be in the rotation “if he’s with us.” The comment made headlines and Cashman then backtracked a bit, telling the New York Daily News, “I won’t be shopping anybody.”

While not a model of consistency on the mound, the right-hander has proven to be a horse. Since signing with the Yankees prior to the 2009 season, Burnett has started in 33 (’09), 33 (2010) and 32 games (2011). He pitched 207 innings his first year, 186.2 the next and 190.1 this past season.

“It would be hard for me to move him, because we need the innings,” Cashman told the Daily News in November. “Subtracting from the rotation puts even more pressure on us to add to it.”

The Yankees signed Burnett during the winter of ’08, along with CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. All three came with hefty contracts, and Cashman said Tuesday that has something to do with the Bombers’ inactivity during this year’s winter meetings.

“It was kind of like our 2010 and 2011 winter meetings combined,” he said. “We’re still living of a lot of the decisions that we made that winter.”

Cashman & Co. may not stay quiet for long. Multiple reports link the Yankees with A’s pitcher Gio Gonzalez and White Sox starter John Danks, though according to the Newark Star-Ledger, the team’s interest has been “overblown.”

Yankees fans: Which would you rather see, A.J. Burnett traded away or Gio Gonzalez in pinstripes? Sound off in the comments below…

  • Ron

    At the current rate of non-progress, Cashman is standing pat with a team that was not good enough to win 3 playoff games. As i’ve said before, it will be 2018 before the Brian Cashman Yankees win the World Series again. While other teams are improving themselves, the Yanks are reeling in Freddy Garcia and talking about bringing Bartolo Colon back. Swisher is making more money than David Ortiz, but the Yanks won’t shell out a few bucks to sign a top-flight starting pitcher! Unbelievable! You’ve got to take a risk now and then to improve the team, but the Yanks seem shell-shocked over the Burnett fiasco and Cashman is sitting on his duff while the other GMs run circles around him.

  • Peter

    Ship him to flushing !!!!

  • John

    Gio in pinstripes, a good fit and AJ proved it is time to move on.

  • Joseph Murphy

    Here’s my plan forget trying to trade him, start a donation fund get 3.2 million Yankee fans to send in 10 bucks so we can wash our hands of this joke. Or if the Yankees themselves are willing to kick in 8 mil.. That just leaves us needing to find 2.4 million Yankee fans. And that’s if the Yankees can’t get the arbitrator to negotiate his buy out a little bit lower. Maybe just 2 million Yankee fans at 10 bucks and be done with it. IT CAN BE DONE who’s with me?

    • Steve


      • Joseph Murphy

        LOL, i got that one. I’d pay 10 bucks if it meant I didn’t have to watch him every 5 days.

  • Ace

    Gio only without Montero or Banuelos in return. I hope AJ leaves
    he’s a nutcase!!

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