New York, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Yankees have officially traded
right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a pair of
minor leaguers -- relief pitcher Diego Moreno and outfielder Exicardo Cayones.
The trade was first reported on Friday and was pending a physical and approval
by Major League Baseball.
The Pirates will pay between $13-14 million of the $33 million remaining on
Burnett's contract, the Daily News reported Friday.
The Yankees signed Burnett after the 2008 season, around the same time they
also landed CC Sabathia.
But unlike Sabathia, who is 59-23 with the Yankees, Burnett struggled to
produce in the rotation and finished three seasons for New York with a 34-35
Burnett, 35, owns a career record of 121-111 with a 4.10 earned-run average in
314 games -- 309 starts -- for the Marlins, Blue Jays and Yankees. He threw a
no-hitter while with Florida on May 12, 2001.
"A.J. Burnett is a solid veteran starting pitcher with an above average pitch
repertoire and potential to provide us with significant quality innings from
our starting rotation," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said.
Moreno, 24, went 2-4 with five saves and a 3.63 ERA in 41 games between Class-
A and Double-A ball last season. Cayones, 20, hit .228 with 12 RBI in 38 total
games with State College and the GCL Pirates in 2011.
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