The New York Yankees are trying to get rid of the only offseason mistake they made in 2009, AJ Burnett. Brian Cashman and the Yankees made it clear they would have no problem paying a fairly large portion of his salary, once traded. The Yankees seemed like they had a deal done with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but that didn’t seem like it was going through well. The Cleveland Indians also showed intrest in Burnett with a possible deal sending Travis Hafner over to the Bronx, who would fill up the DH hole on the Yankees lineup.
The Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reportedly have a deal recently, sending Bobby Abreu, back to New York. Abreu has a good bat and would compliment guys like Cano, A-Rod, and Texeira in the middle of the lineup. This seemed like a great move for the Yankees, until Burnett had a say.
Burnett waived his no trade clause.
This only adds gasoline to the flames for Yankee fans hatred to the bust that is AJ Burnett. It now seems like the Yankees will either take the Cleveland deal, which seems like a long shot, yet possible, or pursue Raul Ibanez, Johnny Damon, or Hideki Matsui for their DH. I really doubt the Yankees-Pirates deal will go down, the deal has taken too long and will eventually simmer out. Damon would be a good fit for the Yankees, and the fans would welcome him with arms wide open.
Damon was apart of the World Champion, New York Yankees in 2009, and played very well in his tenure with the Bronx Bombers. Damon has alot of power, can still run, and play in the field from time to time. I am sure the Yankees will get rid of Burnett before Spring Training and try as hard as they possibly can to sign or trade for a DH to make their strong lineup, even stronger.