Once commissioner Bud Selig provided his stamp of approval Sunday night, the deal was done.

The machinations between the Pirates and New York Yankees concluded when the Pirates officially announced the trade that brings right-hander A.J. Burnett to the Pirates in exchange for minor leaguers Diego Moreno, a pitcher, and Exicardo Cayones, an outfielder.

"A.J. Burnett is a solid veteran starting pitcher with an above average pitch repertoire and potential to provide us with significant quality innings from our starting rotation," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement released Sunday night.