In news that should shock absolutely no one, the NY Post is reporting that there have been no takers on a potential trade for AJ Burnett.
Down at the Winter Meetings, the Yanks let it be known that they are willing to listen to offers for AJ — and are even willing to eat $8 million of his remaining $33 million salary in a trade — but nobody said boo.
We will listen on anybody.
I understand the desire to trade him, but he really wasn’t THAT bad for much of last season. Of course he isn’t worth $16.5 million per season and is not a No. 2 starter, but he’s not an albatross. The guy eats innings — he’s averaged over 194 innings in his three seasons in pinstripes — and is about average — a 34-35 record with a 93 ERA+ in the Bronx — on the mound. As I said before, he’s a bad contract but there is value in guys who throw innings.
Plus, look what he did in Game 4 last year (ALERT: very small sample size). That could be the kick in the arse he needed to get back on track.
I’m not saying the Yanks should definitely keep him — if they can find a viable trade option, by all means do it — but the rush to get rid of him is a little bizarre. I say let him and Phil Hughes battle it out for a rotation spot in spring training, the competition would be good for the both of them.
Also, I’m worried that if the Yanks get rid of AJ they will give another stupid contract to CJ Wilson. AJ > CJ, in my opinion.