AJ Burnett happy to escape New York for Pittsburgh
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP)
A.J. Burnett was happy to escape from New York.
After signing an $82.5 million, five-year contract, Burnett helped the Yankees to their 27th World Series title in 2009. Then he slumped to a 21-26 record with a 5.20 ERA over the following two seasons. He was traded Sunday to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a pair of low-level prospects.
Says Burnett: ''It was fun the first couple of years. Then it got like, I'm never going to get out of this funk.''
He added: ''I let a few too many people tinker with me, maybe,'' Burnett said. ''When you let that happen, you start doubting yourself sometimes.''