New York Yankees: The 5 Darkest Days of A.J. Burnett's Yankees Career

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New York Yankees: The 5 Darkest Days of A.J. Burnett's Yankees Career
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On Feb. 20, 2012, a deal was finally finalized that sent A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates in return for two minor league players: relief pitcher Diego Moreno and outfielder Exicardo Cayones.

When Burnett signed with the Yankees before the 2009 season, he was expected to give the team a huge boost in the pitching rotation. During his first regular season with the team, Burnett finished with a 13-9 record and a 4.04 ERA.

Consequently, the end of the 2009 regular season also marked the beginning of what will go down as "the downfall of A.J. Burnett." Plagued by lackluster performances and behavioral mishaps, Burnett's next two seasons with the team had the Yankees organization and fans begging for another club to lift his burden off New York's shoulders.

Now that a deal has been finalized, Yankees fans can reflect on the days that continuously gave them less and less confidence in the possibility of a harmonious relationship between Burnett and the Bombers.

In chronological order, these are the darkest days of Burnett's stay in New York.

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