Rumors have been swirling in the past week with regards to a potential trade of A.J. Burnett—something that has given just about every Yankee fan a reason to smile.
At this point, it's safe to assume that fans just want him out; they would be willing to trade him for nothing more than salary relief.
The idea is that whatever money is saved from Burnett will be used to sign one of the remaining free agent designated hitters (i.e. Hideki Matsui, Johnny Damon or Raul Ibanez).
Over the course of the past few days, it has become apparent that the Yankees seek more in return in a potential deal for Burnett.
Everybody knows of Burnett's struggles over the past few seasons. As a Yankee, he has compiled a 34-35 record with an ERA of 4.79. He has been a solid innings eater, however, and that's the fact that General Manager Brian Cashman is looking to cash in on.
A trade to the Angels seems unlikely given the fact that Burnett has placed them on his list of ten teams he would veto a trade to, but because they have interest in him it would be unfair not to look at a potential package.