Pirates Trade Rumors: Bucs Reportedly Showed Interest In A.J. Burnett

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 04: A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees throws to first for the final out of the fifth inning on a ground ball from Delmon Young #21 of the Detroit Tigers during Game Four of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 4, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Straight out of FWIWville:

The Yankees have had no success in their efforts to trade right-hander A.J. Burnett, who is owed $16.5 million in each of the next two seasons.

The Pirates expressed interest at one point, sources say, and a rival executive speculated that the Braves could pursue Burnett if they trade right-hander Jair Jurrjens; the Braves finished second to the Yankees in the free-agent bidding for Burnett after the 2008 season.

Huh. The Pirates might actually be able to get him if they're willing to take on salary. Burnett's durable, and his xFIP ran more than a run better than his ERA last year, so there might be bargain potential here. He's 35, and his velocity has declined the past couple seasons, but he's still a decent bet to throw 190 or so innings. I wouldn't want the Pirates to give up anything good for him, but I'd certainly like to have him.

Thanks to MLB Daily Dish.

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