Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Yankees agreed to trade starting pitcher A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two prospects and about $13 million in salary relief, the New York Post reported today.
The Pirates will pay more than a third of the $33 million remaining on the right-handed pitcher’s contract in a deal that is awaiting approval from Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, the newspaper reported without saying where it obtained the information. It said the deal should be approved by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig by tomorrow.
The Yankees signed Burnett to a five-year, $82.5 million contract before the 2009 season, making him at the time the fourth-highest-paid pitcher in baseball, according to a USA Today salary database. He struggled in the past two seasons, posting the two highest single-season earned-run averages of his 13-year career.
In 10 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and Florida Marlins prior to joining the Yankees, Burnett was 87-76, with a 3.81 earned-run average and 8.4 strikeouts, 3.7 walks and 7.8 hits allowed per nine innings. All of those metrics worsened in his three seasons in New York, where he was 34-35 with a 4.79 ERA, and 7.9 strikeouts, 4.0 walks and 9.0 hits allowed per nine innings.
One of the prospects involved in the trade is right-handed relief pitcher Diego Moreno, who advanced to the Double-A level last season, the Post said. The other player, is unknown, the newspaper said.
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