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A.J. Burnett passes physical, trade to Pirates approved

Feb 19, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

A.J. Burnett AP

Update: the teams have now confirmed the trade.

While neither team has officially announced the deal, the two hurdles involved in the trade sending A.J. Burnett to the Pirates and two prospects to the Yankees have now been cleared, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Those two hurdles were Burnett’s physical, which he passed, and league approval of the deal because there was more than $1 million changing hands.

An announcement of the trade will probably come Monday. The Yankees are getting RHP Diego Moreno and outfielder Exicardo Cayones in return for Burnett and $20 million of the $33 million he’s owed over the next two years.

Burnett is set to pitch at or near the top of a Pirates rotation also set to include Jeff Karstens, James McDonald, Erik Bedard and Kevin Correia. The worst performer from the group will likely be shuffled off to the pen once Charlie Morton is ready to return from hip surgery.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 19, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    FINALLY. The 2 year nightmare is over.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      It was not a nightmare for the rest of the AL East. I wish him luck in Pittsburgh.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 19, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        Personally I think he will do very well in Pittsburg. I think it’s just what he needed and the doctor ordered. Like I’ve said for a while on this board I believe this trade is a win, win for both teams.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

        Agreed! He should pitch well there.

    • Bobby Montano - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      A part of me will miss rooting for Burnett, simply because he always seemed like he tried and cared. That said, his infuriating inconsistency will not be missed. The Yanks would not have won without him in 2009 though, so he’ll always have that.

      I wish him the best in Pittsburgh.

  2. reachers87 - Feb 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Should be a good pickup. PNC is a pitchers ballpark and NL Central is relatively weak.

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    The deal for Ibanez is also in place. $1million plus incentives. Anyone heard about Chavez?

    • uyf1950 - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Not yet on Chavez. Where did you hear about Ibanez?

      • jwbiii - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:30 PM

        Joel Sherman, same old same old

      • jwbiii - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        Rotoworld reports that it was Joel Sherman on Twitter.

  4. rip4gehrig - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    He should pitch better in that lousy division but without the run support if he doesnt get his era down (which he should in a lousy division) his record wont show it

    • baseballisboring - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      I’d hardly call it lousy, and W/L records don’t matter.

    • jwbiii - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      The park and league adjustments should drop his ERA by about 0.80, but that doesn’t make him a better pitcher.

  5. rip4gehrig - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    That division isnt lousy? Brewers and Cards lost there best players and Chicago is way too young and inexperienced to compete for a couple years, Houston is well…Houston, the Reds are probably the best team so…….

    • Kevin S. - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      In fairness to the Cardinals, they get one of the top fifteen or so pitchers in baseball back this year, and Carlos Beltran is a very solid addition for them if he stays healthy. That doesn’t completely offset losing Pujols, but it helps quite a bit.

      • rip4gehrig - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:33 PM

        That is true but I would be surprised he stayed healthy, Pujols leaving akes Joey Votto the best 1B in the division and makes the Reds the favorite…in my opinion anyway

      • florida76 - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:08 PM

        The Cardinals also had a big loss with the departure of Tony LaRussa, who will be in Cooperstown one day. And the replacement is someone who has never managed before, which is asking for trouble. I think the Cards win 85-88 games this season, and probably miss the playoffs.

  6. rob0527 - Feb 19, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    He should do good in Pittsburgh where there is no pressure, plus he doesn’t have to face red sox a few times a year. Good bye and good luck

  7. modellforprez - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    I sit I pnc park and say to myself. this house is a fuckin prison.

  8. randygnyc - Feb 19, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    I won’t be surprised at all to see a big first half from AJ. No pressure in a weak division. Plus, he’s got the f@ck you factor. In fact, it’s not a stretch to imagine that he’ll be the pirates rep for the all-star game. Wonder if he gets traded again into a pressure cooker at the deadline then.

  9. pisano - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Thank God he’s finally gone. As Yogi says,” it ain’t over til it’s over” well after the good news that A.J. passed his physical , it’s OVER. Good luck to him with the Pirates and thank God he’ll never wear Yankee pinstripes again.

    • phukyouk - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      We had Javy twice…. I’m just saying …..

      • uyf1950 - Feb 20, 2012 at 4:35 AM

        Yep, but there was 6 years in between stints with Javier. In another 6 years Burnett will be to old for even the Yankees to give him a second shot. THANK GOD!

  10. godcanfirealdavis - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Have fun rotting in “Pitts”burgh.. Stupid yellow and black baseball, football, and hockey teams.. Worst fans in sports…

  11. stex52 - Feb 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    I keep hearing all this “weak division” stuff, and I wonder which two teams were in the NLCS last year.

    StL is better (at least on paper). Pitching should be much more solid and the middle of the order is still strong. Age and depth are their issues. Milwaukee took a hit, but they have a lot of talent. Cincy, too.

    This whole “the AL East is where baseball is played” narrative is looking a little threadbare of late.

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