Burnett Deal In Place, Pending Approval from MLB

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0  Updated at 11:23 am, February 18th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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BananaStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees have completed a trade that would send Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh, sources said on Saturday.

Pittsburgh will send prospects Diego Moreno and Exicardo Cayones to New York in return, sources said.

Moreno, 25, is a right-handed pitcher that has split the past two seasons between the Class A and Double-A minor league teams.  Cayones, is an outfielder who spent 2011 in Class A.

The deal is pending approval from the baseball commissioner’s office, which is needed because of the money involved. The Pirates will pay $13 million of the $31.1 million remaining on Burnett’s contract, sources said (Burnett is on a year-round contract and already has been paid $1.9 million in 2012).

Burnett is 121-111 with a 4.10 ERA in 13 seasons and was also a part of the Yankees pitching staff in 2009 when they won the World Series.

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