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First Pitch: Buy Low, Sell High

First Pitch: Buy Low, Sell High

In looking at A.J. Burnett's trade value a few weeks ago, I pointed out that the remaining $33 M salary left him with a trade value of negative $17.6 M, based on his 1.5 WAR the last two years. That meant the Yankees needed to pick up $17.6 M just to give Burnett away. Today we saw that the Yankees picked up $20 M of Burnett's salary, giving them a trade value of $2.4 M.

The Pirates gave up two prospects. The better of the two prospects was right handed reliever Diego Moreno. At this point you could grade Moreno as a grade C pitcher, and due to his age he carries a trade value of $1.5 M. Exicardo Cayones was also in the deal. You could call him a grade C hitter, although that might be a little generous. Due to his young age, he carries a trade value of $0.7 M. Combined the Pirates gave up $2.2 M in value, which seems like a fair exchange for Burnett.

So what about this exchange down the road? A lot of the talk on Burnett has focused on how he'll improve due to this trade. There are a...

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