Talking to a Yankee recently, A.J. Burnett informed the player they were going to be teammates.Five years? Can't they give him a 3 year out, too?
"He wants to come to New York - those words came out of his mouth," the player told The Post last night. "He really wants to play here."
From all indications, Burnett will join CC Sabathia at the top of the Yankee rotation, and the deal could be sealed as early as today.
UPDATE (12/12/08, 6:31pm): So it's done. Just got home so I'll try to get something up later tonite.
Free agent right-hander A.J. Burnett has reached preliminary agreement on a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the New York Yankees.
The Yankees made a late charge to beat out the Atlanta Braves for Burnett, who went 18-10 with a 4.07 ERA in 35 starts with Toronto this season. Burnett won 10 of his last 12 decisions. He set career highs in wins, strikeouts (231) and innings (221 1/3).