The A.J. Burnett era appears to be over

Now who will throw the pies?

The Yankees and Pirates are nearly to the the finish line of a much-rumored deal that will send right-hander A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh.

With the official report date for Yankees pitchers and catchers approaching on Sunday, it appears likely that Burnett won’t have any need for his pinstripes this spring.

MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Friday that the Yankees and Pirates have agreed on parameters and now plan to take the deal to the Commissioner’s Office for approval, as required because of the amount of money changing hands.

There has been framework for days on a trade that will have the Pirates picking up $13 million of the remaining $33 million on Burnett’s contract through 2013, while sending two lower-level Minor Leaguers to the Yankees in exchange. That proposal, it appears, will be the one that the Yankees ultimately accept.


Good riddance. The guy has been an overpaid headcase for the last two years.


Finally, great news on the horizon. Three years of mediocrity from BUSTnett was getting too much to stomach.


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