ESPN is reporting that A.J. Burnett will be the newest member of the Yankee pitching staff.
The Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves were also in competition for him; however, Baltimore didn’t want to give Burnett the years he wanted and also were not a viable option for him as winning served to be important a factor.
The deal with New York is for five years, 82.5 million dollars.
Burnett may turn out to be Carl Pavano II — ok, it may be a stretch — but his history should be enough to give anyone a pause; alas, that’s obviously not the case. It looks like A.J. was good enough and also healthy at the right time to get the chance to make even more money.
I guess he got the money and the years he wanted.