Upon signing with the Bombers, A.J. Burnett from the very first day of wearing the Yankees uniform was always considered the second free agent behind New York Yankees ace, CC Sabathia. The organization, the fans, as well as the media understood the situation, but A.J. Burnett never let the distractions get to him. Burnett wanted to win a championship and that’s all that mattered.
After winning Game 2 against the Phillies in the 2009 World Series [This coming after a loss surrendered by Sabathia in Game 1], Burnett finally resurrected himself. Everything was pointing to Burnett being a Yankee for many more years to come.
Then came the 2010 MLB regular season. With all the anticipation that had built up from the Yankees winning the World Series the previous year, A.J. Burnett found it difficult to mimic his great play from a year ago. Burnett stumbled posting a 10-15 record with a whopping 5.26 ERA. The 2011 MLB season was no different. Burnett continued to underachieve with an 11-11 record and a 5.15 ERA.
According to Pinstripealley.com, A.J. Burnett’s 2010 and 2011 seasons rank third and sixth worst (out of 396), in terms of ERA. Burnett’s last two seasons alone rank among the bottom-25 in team history. That can’t be good.
Entering the 2012 MLB regular season, A.J. Burnett’s 2009 World Series win was not going to be enough to save his career with the Yankees. The Bronx Bombers had chosen to go their separate ways and trade Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two marginal prospects. “Sayonara!”
The New York Yankees then turned their attention to their lineup. For a while now, the team’s front office has been trying to sign a much-needed left-handed bat, primarily for DH purposes. The Yankees initially tried to deal Burnett to Anaheim in order to get Bobby Abreu, but the plan never worked.
After some time, the Yankees finally found their man, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez. According to Jon Heyman and CBSSports.com, the Bombers are very close in signing the left-handed hitter who hit .245, 20 home runs and 84 RBIs last season. Not too excited? Ibanez’s numbers have indeed been on a steady decline, but the lefty’s experience and champion mentality should still help the Yankees effectively fill the needed DH position.
The New York Yankees are also close to bringing back utility infielder, Eric Chavez. Chavez batted .263, 2 homeruns, and 26 RBIs in just 58 games last season.
Currently, all teams involved are waiting for Burnett to pass his physical. Once complete, all trades and acquisitions should quickly start to filter through. Yes, the trade is still pending approval from the commissioner’s office and there are still even “talks” of Johnny Damon as a possibility for the DH position.
Regardless of this news, reports have surfaced that the Yankees would be extremely happy if the organization was to land Raul Ibanez.
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