On February 19, 2012, the Pirates acquired A.J. Burnett from the New York Yankees in exchange for Diego Moreno and Exicardo Cayones. The Yankees also agreed to pay all but $5 million of the remaining money on Burnett’s contract this year and all but $8 million in 2013.
Initial Fan Reaction: Largely positive, especially considering the Pirates did not give up much in terms of high level prospects, and with the Yankees agreeing to pay such a large portion of Burnett’s contract, it really didn’t seem like much of a risk to take.
Burnett has so far been an outstanding performer and a strong veteran leader for a Pirates team that is currently in first place in June.
Moreno is injured and rehabbing for the Yankees, while Cayones is at extended spring training, so neither of them have played even a minor league game for the Yankees at this point.
Current Grade: A+
Category: Pirates Trades