Yankees, Pirates Have Talked A.J. Burnett Trade

The Pittsburgh Pirates would like to add a starting pitcher with sharp stuff, but they've been turned down by Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt. The New York Yankees would like to move A.J. Burnett and however much of his salary is possible. Sound like a fit?

Well, it doesn't not sound like a fit. But according to Buster Olney, it's not a great fit:

Garrett Jones is, in fact, the guy NYY want in any Burnett deal with the Pirates,but PIT not interested in moving Jones. No traction so far.

Burnett's due $16.5 million each of the next two years. The Yankees would have to eat a lot of that in any trade. Burnett has captured the Pirates' interest, but evidently they don't want to add a little salary and lose Garrett Jones. Jones is 30 years old and his career numbers are unspectacular, but he has his uses, and the Pirates would prefer to hang on to him.

The Yankees like Jones because he could be their lefty DH partner with Andruw Jones. The last two seasons, Burnett has an 84 ERA+, albeit with 318 strikeouts in 377 innings.

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