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Pirates Show Shrewdness With Burnett Deal

The Yankees may have received two prospects in exchange for A.J. Burnett, but Friday's trade was a salary dump no matter how you look at it. With that said, the Yankees accomplished their goal, getting Burnett off their hands and receiving $13 million in salary relief in the process. But, although New York might be pleased, the winner here is Pittsburgh.

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates essentially signed A.J. Burnett for $13 million over two years. Of course it wasn't really a signing, but if you're evaluating the deal that's a good way of looking at it. The prospects they surrendered were of little importance in their farm system and New York is still eating $20 million of Burnett's contract. As poorly as Burnett has performed over the...

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