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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: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:43 am
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Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:51 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Not much happening here. This was a pretty big deal two or three days ago.
What's up?

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 9:41 am

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Still another day goes by and no news ... that must mean ....

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:07 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

So, did Burnett sign yet?

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:58 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

What's the latest on this history-making deal?

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:11 am

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks


I think overall he has hurt our team by his numerous bad deals and now that he has become a burden to the team with his personal issues. 

I agree with you that The Boss was very trigger happy when he was at his best he had two good GM's.  Paul and Stick.  He got better as he aged though. Even after saying that he was never going to be the quite man in the room.  

I hope you are still as high as I am on Banuelos because I think he can be a stud for many years.  The only knock on him is his lack of size.  Betances stoc
k has and will continue to fall.  He reminds me of a younger Burnett good fast ball but lack of command.

You must be as disappointed as me that after all of the years Mr. Cashman has been in control we still do not have really any position players in either AA or AAA that can come up and play or be used as trade chips.  even our young catcher Romine has fallen off many peoples charts.  I still like him though. It is pretty barren in AA or AAA with the exception of a few good pitchers.   



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 8:47 am

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Man YHATER1 you are like a rolodex of anti-Cashman propoganda. Yes mistakes were made (in particular with his wife/stalker/mistress), but hindsight is 20-20. Every GM in baseball has a laundry list of stupid signings, Cashman in particular has many since he has been on the job since 1998. Plus he had a trigger happy boss for over a decade that encouraged Cashman to pursue these type of deals. King George was a notoriously terrible wheeler & dealer (see 80's, early 2000's).

We've talked about this but since 2009, things have been coming back down to earth with Cashman more at the helm than ever before (still not in full control with two Steinbrenners over his shoulder). The farm system is stronger than its been since the early 90s, guys like Betances/Banuelos (overrated but still projected to be a very servicable MLB pitchers), offer Yankees more affordable home-grown options than they've had in decades. The farm is currently ranked at 10th in MLB without Jesus Montero anymore.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:01 am

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I happen to agree with you about Karstens .  When he was with the Yanks he actually tried
to pitch with a broken leg after he was hit by a smash up the middle. Unlike
Burnet who will give you the excuse that he can’t pitch because it was either too
hot over to cold.

Everyone here remember how Karsten along with guys like
Tabata came to the Pirates in the first place? 
It was when the Pirates fleeced r. Cashman.  They sent the Yankees not one but two broken
down players in Nady and Marte. 

Marte shoulder was so bad that in 4 years with the Yanks he
could only pitched 49 innings with a 6.02 ERA. 
Even with his shoulder needing surgery Mr. Cashman played Santa with the
Yankees money and doubled his salary with a new three year contract.

Now the Yanks are going to pay a player close to 24 million
dollars plus luxury tax not to pitch for them. 

Just the last two years the Yanks will pay 33 million
dollars to four pitchers who never threw a pitch for them. Pedro, Marte, Kei,
and now Burnett.

It is no wonder that Mr. Cashman will never leave the Yanks
until he is fired.  No other team has the
check book to cover for all of his mistakes.

I am sorry about getting on Mr. Cashman because he does have
two important redeeming traits.  He is a
such a great family man and a man who sets the moral tone for the Yanks with
his high moral values

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:33 am

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Ok come on, don't play that card on us.  We all know that they're trying to make up for not being able to sign worth while free agent pitchers this off season.

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:29 am

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Wait this washed up headcase would bump the Buccos best pitcher last year?  Huh?  Give Karstens some flipping respect already, he's deserved in.  As for tatted up headcase, let him suffer with the rich bastards he signed with, the Buccos don't need this cancer in their clubhouse.

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