Pittsburgh Pirates: Why They Should Not Trade for the Yankees' AJ Burnett

Chris HumphreyCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 20: A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees reacts to walking Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins to fill the bases in the second inning on August 20, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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With the news flying around about AJ Burnett going from the New York Yankees to the Pittsburgh Pirates, I only have one thing to say about the proposed trade for the big right-hander out of Arkansas.

Please, no!

The Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington really needs to get his finger off the trigger and not send any of their prospects to the Yankees for Burnett.

In the past week, the Yankees have been actively seeking a way to cut ties with the pitcher that they signed to a massive five-year, $82 million contract after a stellar year in Toronto in 2007.

Over the course of his career at stops with the Blue Jays, Marlins and most recently the Yankees, Burnett has only twice recorded over .600 in his 13 seasons in the majors.

While they have not sniffed a winning record since their appearance in the 1992 National League Championship Series, Pittsburgh would not be making a smart decision by taking on Burnett and his rumored $10 million salary for the season.

In the past few seasons. the management of the Pirates has been smart in their moves, acquiring some good talent and translating to the best record last season since the 2004 season.

So, Pirates fans, do you want your team to make the trade for the 35 year-old Burnett even if it’s just as a rental for the 2012 season?

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