The Yankees announced Sunday that they have traded starting pitcher A.J. Burnett and cash considerations to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Yankees will pay approximately $18 million of the $31 million left on Burnett’s contract and receive two low-level minor leaguers from the Pirates — OF Exicardo Cayones and RHP Diego Moreno.
Yankees’ pitchers and catchers reported to spring training in Tampa on Sunday.
The Yankees plan to move quickly to sign free-agent designated hitter Raul Ibanez and infielder Eric Chavez, sources said.
The Yankees had discussed Burnett with three other teams.
Talks with the Cleveland Indians about a possible Burnett-for-Travis Hafner exchange “never got serious,” one source said.
The Los Angeles Angels were willing to part with their own left-handed DH, Bobby Abreu, but the Angels are on Burnett’s no-trade list and the pitcher will not approve such a deal, sources said. His family lives in Maryland, and his wife, Karen, does not like to fly.
The identity of the fourth club that checked in on Burnett is not known.