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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 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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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:12 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Great, anything to get rid of AJ. The poor Pirates are left to hold a cardboard sign at winter meetings that reads- Will take your ridiculously overpaid & terrible pitcher for food.  I don`t care if AJ pulls an Ian Kennedy, ok AJ doesn`t have a 20 win season in him...but that terd would be back in the NL, striking out pitchers and probably do ok(11-9 3.75ERA 175K`s)  Best of luck Buc-O`s, all that idiot AJ cares about is his paycheck, hair style & more arm ink. He`s not tough enough to pitch in the big time of NY.

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:05 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Why would it bump Karstens he was are best pitcher last year it would bump Correia.

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