Newsday is reproting this morning that AJ Burnett wants 5 years in a deal, but the Yankees are not interested in going beyond 4 years. Newsday is quoting a Yankees Executive saying that the Yankees have not made an offer to Burnett and will not as long as he insists on 5 years.
Burnett is 32 and injury-prone. In the last 9 seasons, Burnett has made 9 trips to the DL. A 5 year deal is not a great idea, and honestly, I don’t think 4 years is a good idea either – think Carl Pavano.
Boston is also reportedly interested in Burnett, but it seems to me that they are more interested in bringing back Derek Lowe, then signing AJ Burnett.