Here are my three reasons why:
1) If Burnett goes to an AL East team or a playoff contender, the Yankees might have to face AJ down the stretch. And if you forgot why the Yankees signed Burnett in the first place, a main reason was that they hated facing him. Wouldn’t that be a slap in the face if that started happening again?
2) The Yankees will have to eat $8 million of the $33 million still owed to AJ , but what will they get back for him? It is a risk because the Yankee are not going to get an arm with a better skill set than Burnett type, and acquiring a worse pitcher isn’t worth it.
3) Also Burnett is liked by his teammates, he works hard and was the only positive thing that came out of the 2011 ALDS. Fact remains that Burnett came through when the team needed him most, under intense pressure of win or bust Game 4, and he did it not in Yankee Stadium. That is more than I can say about the rest of the Yankees.
So, now that everyone knows about Burnett being offered up, you have to presume word got back to him as well.
Let’s think…what is the percentage of a Burnett-trade happening?
Slim to none, as teams want young players so they can cultivate them within their own systems. Teams are more likely to ask for Montero, Betances, Nunez or Gardner.
So, what did the Yankees really carry out here?
GM Brian Cashman has himself to thank about giving more anxiety to a pitcher who so obviously struggles mentally already. And I believe an “I am sorry” phone call is in order before the season starts.
Putting Burnett on the trade block was unnecessary, unrealistic and plain out pointless. There was no need to act so desperate in my opinion.
So, I want to apologize to AJ Burnett and thank him for stepping it up in the playoffs when no one else could.
Fact is the 2009 Yankees would not have won the World Series without AJ Burnett; and that makes him well worth the alternative of still looking for #27, instead of #28.
That is the same guy who kept the 2011 Yankees alive for another day when it matters most in Yankees Universe, and that is in October.
- The Yankees are shopping A.J. Burnett (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Rumor: AJ’s Available But Nobody Wants Him (slidingintohome.blogspot.com)
- Report: Yankees Find No Takers For A.J. Burnett Trade (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- New York Yankees: Burnett Pitches ALDS Back To The Bronx (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- You: New York Yankees: 6 Moves the Yankees Should Consider (bleacherreport.com)
- Surprise, surprise: No takers for righty (nypost.com)
- New York Yankees: What to Expect from Next Year’s Rotation (bleacherreport.com)
- Yankees shopping Burnett at the Winter Meetings (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)