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Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Posted on: February 12, 2012 11:46 am
Edited on: February 12, 2012 3:45 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

This past week, trade talk connecting maligned Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett to the Pirates picked up. Here's the latest, via CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman.

The Yankees and Pirates are still talking and there's been "progress and continuing optimism" on getting a deal done. One obvious snag to this point has been money, as Burnett is due a whopping $33 million for the next two seasons. The Pirates are willing to take on more than $10 million while the Yankees would prefer a 50/50 split, but there are indications of a compromise on the horizon. Next, the Yankees are seeking "at least a reasonably decent prospect" in return, but the Pirates are actually more willing to compromise on the money issue than prospects.

Pirates, Yankees talk trade
Burnett, 35, was 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 173 strikeouts in 190 1/3 innings last season for the Yankees. He led the majors in wild pitches, one season after leading the majors in hit batsmen. He's currently ticketed to be the Yankees' fifth starter, but shedding his salary would help free up some extra money to sign a left-handed designated hitter like Raul Ibanez, Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui.

If the proposed trade comes to fruition, Burnett would probably bump Jeff Karstens from the Pirates' rotation, joining Erik Bedard, James McDonald, Kevin Correia and Charlie Morton. Of course, Morton's health is in question to start the season and Bedard's health is pretty much always in question, so there would be a great bet that all six of the pitchers would get a good amount of starts.

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Comments

Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I agree in terms of money id actually only want to take 8M or so ... but the Pirates have shown they know how to build a team of recent



Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I was beginning to think that after many years the Pirates were beginning to have a clue how to build a club. This story proves I was wrong. The Pirates don't have a clue what they are doing.



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:55 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I can't see how trading for Burnett is gonna help the Pirates. He has experience, but is a high salary risk even with a 50/50 split. But, you know the Pirates are not going to bid for the top flight free agents, so this is about the best they can do. In this case, however, I would suggest going with a young prospect because they would provide just about the same production with less salary. I just hope giving up Garret Jones isn't part of the deal.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Karstens better not be the one who gets bumped from the rotation, I think it will be either Bedard or Correia that gets bumped. They may be able to trade Correia, that would be best. I know Burnett sucked terribly the last two years, but for the Pirates he is more than worth taking a shot that he could bounce back. Much less pressure here than with the Yanks.



Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Jeff Karstens will not be bumped from the rotation.  Charlie Morton is not going to be ready by opening day and no matter what happens Karstens will continue to prove the naysayers wrong.  He was probably the best Pirates pitcher last year, especially the last few months.  I don't want A.J.  I'd rather see Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson or Jeff Locke get a shot at the 5 spot before Morton returns.  Heck, Daniel McCutchen deserves a look too.  I appreciate the Pirates willing to try and spend some more money to win, but you have to spend it wisely.  A.J. Burnett is NOT the wise investment.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Anything new since I last asked?

No? ... I'll check back in an hour or so.




Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

So what's the latest ... since 9 a.m., that is?



Since: Feb 12, 2012
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:24 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Burnett is one of the finest pitchers the Yankees have ever had. All Yankee fans will be heartbroken to see him go. (All Yankee fans need to repeat this over and over on all websites. Otherwise, the Pirates may not make the deal.).



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:24 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Karstens was the Pirates best pitcher last year, and would be the last one to be bumped out of the rotation...Fact



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:13 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I don't get the desperation on the Pirates part to even look at a pitcher that hasn't played well in a few years, is owed hugh money, and is already 35. For a team that always has young talent it doesn't make any sense to guy this has-been. He's duee 33 million over 2 years and even if they pick up only 10 million a season it's overpaying huge. I can't see why they wouldn't look at spending that money elsewhere. I guess that's why they're always at the bottom.


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