Albert Pujols remains the biggest story in baseball this morning, but the biggest story in the Yankees universe is the New York Post report that Brian Cashman has shopped A.J. Burnett on the trade market.
Everyone had to assume that was the case, but George King added the detail that the Yankees are willing to eat $8 million of the $33 million Burnett is owed these next two years. Just my opinion, but that doesn’t seem like an all-out attempt to dump Burnett. I would guess — and this is absolutely nothing but a guess — that it would take twice that much money (eating $16 million or so) to trade him. Based on his past two years, would you take Burnett at two years, $25 million?
Also gaining some buzz is John Harper’s report that the Oakland asking price for Gio Gonzalez was Jesus Montero, Mason Williams and either Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances. Yikes. Cashman said last night that there are pitching upgrades available, but only at prices that anyone would turn down. Looks like he’s right.
As it stands, the Yankees are still quiet, and so is this media workroom as everyone waits for big news out of the Pujols camp.
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