December 12, 2008
NORMALLY YOU'D PREDICT A DOMINANT 2013 SEASON FOR HIM...:
Burnett reaches agreement with Yanks
Contract with free-agent right-hander reportedly worth $82.5 million (Mark Bowman, 12/12/08, MLB.com)
A.J. Burnett entered the free-agent market with a "buyer beware" tag and exited it counting the riches the Yankees will provide him over the course of the next five years.
Furthering their massive rotation-reconstruction process, the Yankees have apparently won the bidding for Burnett. ESPN.com and SI.com reported late Friday afternoon that the 31-year-old right-hander has agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million deal. [...]
During his eight full Major League seasons, Burnett has completed 200 innings just three times, totaled as many as 30 starts just twice and made 10 trips to the disabled list.
Whenever money has been on the horizon, Burnett has found a way to be both healthy and productive.
...but he'll be 36 by then.