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MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees Aren’t Showing Strong Interest in Re-Acquiring Phillies’ A.J. Burnett

July 7th, 2014 at 1:02 PM
By Doug Rush

Before the 2009 season, the New York Yankees spent $82.5 million to lure A.J. Burnett from the Toronto Blue Jays with hopes of establishing himself as a solid number two starter.

in his first season in the Bronx, Burnett was solid, pitching to a 13-9 record, a 4.04 ERA and 195 strikeouts and won Game 2 of the 2009 World Series, out-pitching Pedro Martinez, a win that eventually helped the Yankees win the Fall Classic that year. After that, Burnett became too inconsistent, pitching to a 21-26 record with an ERA over 5.00.

After the 2011 season, the Yankees shipped Burnett and the rest of his contract to the Pittsburgh Pirates and would perform well there, going 26-21 in his two seasons there. Before the 2014 season, Burnett signed a one-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies and is 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA with 102 strikeouts in 124 innings and is likely to be traded once the Phillies start selling off some of their bigger contracts.

Burnett going back to the Yankees has come up before and with their need for pitching, the move could make sense but as George King of the New York Post reported on Monday, the Yankees aren't showing strong interest in re-acquiring their former starter for a second stint.

"With Samardzija and Hammel off the market, trade options are slimmer. The Rays aren’t likely to deal David Price within the AL East and Cliff Lee of the Phillies has to prove he is healthy. The Phillies would move A.J. Burnett, but the Yankees don’t have a strong interest in bringing back the right-hander. With Samardzija and Hammel gone, the price on secondary starters such as Ian Kennedy likely has risen."

While the Yankees may not be interested in taking back the 37-year-old Burnett to give their pitching staff another arm, they have been reported to having potential interest in Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels; Lee has been the more talked about name, especially since the Yankees have had interest in him in the past.

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Tags: A.J. Burnett, Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies

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