Like Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa, Jaret Wright, Hideki Irabu, and Kevin Brown before him, A.J. Burnett became another pricey free agent pitcher who didn't work out for the Yankees. Eager to rid themselves of Burnett's erratic pitching, they traded him and the remainder of his $82.5 million contract to the Pirates. To force the move through, they agreed to pay $17.9 million of the $30 million left on the deal. He's gone on to pitch like an All-Star for them, notching 20 wins in 35 starts and posting sub-3.6 ERAs in two seasons—all on the Steinbrenner family's dime.
The Yankees are paying $17.9 million for A.J. Burnett to pitch for the Pirates.