The New York Yankees shipped pitcher A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday for a couple of minor-league prospects in a deal that still looks good for the Bombers, because they got two kids in exchange for a washed-up veteran who was an ace at cashing paychecks, but not much else. (Carl Pavano, anyone?)
Pittsburgh will have to pay just $13 million of the $33 million Burnett is due to
steal earn in 2012 and 2013, and they surrender 25-year-old pitcher Diego Moreno and 20-year-old outfielder Exicardo Cayones. Admittedly, they are not top prospects, but they’re both young, and who knows what the future might hold for them?