I can guarantee you that at least 90-95% of Yankee fans out there, including myself, are happy that AJ Burnett was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. There’s no denying that AJ needed to go. Guys like Freddy Garcia, who is coming off an impressive 2011, and Phil Hughes, who is in shape and could have a big year to go along with being 25 years of age, deserve rotation spots over Burnett. With that said, I think it’d be a little awkward, to say the least, to have a $16.5 million mop up man in the bullpen. Now that he’s gone, I’d like to reflect back on the positives of the A.J Burnett era during his time in the Bronx…April 9, 2009: After CC Sabathia and Chien-Ming Wang got roughed up in the first two games of the season against the Baltimore Orioles, AJ Burnett—who was making his first...

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