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A.J. Burnett Rumors: Angels, Indians Interested

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07:  A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees celebrates a inning ending out in the third against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on April 7, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: A.J. Burnett #34 of the New York Yankees celebrates a inning ending out in the third against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on April 7, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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4:06 PM EST: A trade based around Burnett and Hafner was discussed but is no longer on the table, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

2:23 PM EST: It seems inevitable the New York Yankees will end up moving starting pitcher A.J. Burnett before the season begins (even though some in the organization prefer to wait) possibly to whichever team is willing to eat the most of Burnett's $33 million owed for the next two years. Let's take a look at the latest rumors surrounding the 35-year-old pitcher:

  • We know the Pittsburgh Pirates have been the favorites in landing Burnett, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians have also checked in.
  • However, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports it's unlikely the Angels can acquire Burnett, because the righty has the Angels on his no-trade list and wants to stay east.
  • Heyman later adds the Indians and Yankees have discussed a deal in which designated hitter Travis Hafner would head to the Bronx. Hafner is owed $13 million in 2012 and there's a $13 million ($2.75 million buyout) team option for 2013.