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Brian Cashman: A.J. Burnett, like everyone, can be moved

Starting pitcher A.J. Burnett of the New York

Starting pitcher A.J. Burnett of the New York Yankees walks off the field after being pulled during the 6th inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (Aug. 15, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

For Yankees fans hoping to have seen the last of A.J. Burnett in pinstripes, Brian Cashman gave them a tease yesterday afternoon.

“If he’s with us, without a doubt he’s in the rotation,” the general manager said.

If?

Cashman quickly said everyone on the roster without a full no-trade clause could be available to an inquiring team.

“I’m open to being creative and listening to anything anyone has to say,” Cashman said. “Some guys are more easily movable than others.”

Burnett, entering the fourth year of a five-year, $82.5-million contract, would fall into the not-easy category, a combination of his salary and inconsistent performance, including his 11-11 record with a 5.15 ERA this past season and 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA in 2010.

Cashman has consistently been one of Burnett’s staunchest defenders and has correctly pointed out the pitcher has always been “accountable” after his poor performances.

“I’m optimistic that better days are ahead,” Cashman said.

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