AJ Burnett: 4 Factors Yankees Pitcher Would Bring to Pittsburgh Pirates

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AJ Burnett: 4 Factors Yankees Pitcher Would Bring to Pittsburgh Pirates
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According to an ESPN.com report, the Yankees are currently shopping A.J. Burnett to four teams, one of which happens to be the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Yankees are looking to move the much-maligned starter for two reasons.  First of all, there's simply  no room for him in their starting rotation.  As it stands now, the top four rotation spots are essentially locked down.  That leaves Freddy Garcia, Phil Hughes and the aforementioned Burnett to battle it out for the fifth and final spot.

Secondly, Burnett is horrendously overpaid. He's owed $33 million over the next two seasons—far too high a price tag for a pitcher who has posted a 5.00-plus ERA in each of the last two seasons.  Compare that to a guy like Freddy Garcia, who comes at a fourth of the price and whose numbers trump those put up by Burnett last season.  

Apparently, the Yankees are willing to swallow more than half of the money owed to Burnett.  

While four teams remain in the hunt for Burnett's services, the Pirates are the only team whose name has been released to the public.

If the Pirates should land the 6'4" right-hander, here are four things that he'll bring with him to Pittsburgh.

Enjoy. 

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