According to agent Darek Branecker, right-hander A.J. Burnett is in the process of deciding whether he will play for the Braves or Yankees.
It’s easy to predict that he will sign with the Yankees given these reasons:
— The Yankees will probably offer more money.
— New York is closer to where Burnett lives in Maryland. His wife does not like to fly and drives to games. Playing 84 games in New York and another nine in Baltimore would be easier on their family.
— You hear from people who know Burnett well that he does not embrace the idea of being “the man” and would rather just be one of the guys. Bobby Abreu is that way. If he signs with the Braves, it’ll be a momentous thing for Atlanta and he’ll be expected to lead them back into contention. With the Yankees, Burnett would be just another face in a room full of stars.
We should hear something soon on this, on the trade with Milwaukee and on Andy Pettitte.