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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 13, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:04 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

you obviously do not follow the Pirates.     They offered Oswalt already and he would not listen to them.   Only wants to go to the Cardinals.    They offered Freddie Jackson 30 million over 3 years, and he took a 1 year deal worth 10milliion.     They built this problem but it is not one that it is easy to get out of.    They have tried, but this would actually be a real coup for them.     There is still enough left in the tank to pitch in the NL Central.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:42 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

dlopez711 with a screen rep of "1" has got this down to a science.
Wow, think when it gets up to a "6" or so, we'll all be outmanned.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:37 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks


When I entered by screen name it should have been Not Y Hater and something happen to the word not.

If I may add that I am still shaking my head and wondering what the Heck the Pirates want Burnett for in the first place.

If I may I would like to add Go Knicks.    &nbs

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:45 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

A $24 miilion dollar bench clown. Nobody on the Pirates could be that stupid. Why would the Low budget Pirates want to help the tremendously rich Yankees out of a mistake?

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:39 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I didn't realize the Pirates were looking for a washed up , over paid former pitcher who was good at throwing shaving cream pies.

Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:44 pm
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Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 5:03 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Of the many people making negative comments about why the Pirates shouldn't be interested in Burnett, how many of you work for the franchise?  None?  Ok, so you don't know what the team has scouted in him or what they're looking for him to bring?  Ok, glad we cleared that up.  Clearly, they have seen something in him that they feel would fill out their roster and rotation better and put them in a position to compete.  The NL Central (especially now without Fielder and Pujols) is a much softer division than he's been playing in.  Maybe the Pirates feel that he has a good chance to have a resurgence against this set of teams compared to the Yankee's division.  There's an added bonus of experience which the Pirates lack at this point.  If nothing else, they have a guy in their rotation who knows what it takes to play a full season and then some.  The Pirates fell flat because they hit a wall in late July/early August last season and had nothing left in the tank.  There's more to this trade for the Pirates than just getting a guy who can throw a ball.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:33 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Why in the world would the Pirates want this washed up pitcher?  I don't care how much of the salary the Yankees pay because the Pirates will be on the hook for some prospects going to the Yankees.  The Yankees can't make this transaction fast enough.  It is very rare that the Yankees trade anyone that actually does anything with his new team.

I am still scratching my head on this.  Why would the Yankees pay someone 24 million dollars not to pitch for them? Then I remember that Mr. Cashman did that with Carl Pavano and the three Lefties who didn't pitch for them last year.Why would the Pirates want him after what was reported here that three scouts wouldn't touch him?

Regarding the Yankees trading people or letting them go and them
not doing well for that is quite the opposite.   If you look at the history of Mr. Cashman
deals and signing you would see that when one of them works out for the Yankees
that becomes back page news.     


Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:30 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

These talks make no sense from Pittsburgh's stand point.  Why would you take any of the salary and give them anyone.  Burnett has one of the worst contracts possibly ever, he's an absolute headcase and can only make your rotation worse.  Pittsburgh is better off going for Roy Oswalt if you want quality, injuries happen but your better off using a guy from triple A than Burnett.  The only pitcher contract that is worse than this right now is John Lackey. 

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:52 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Even for Pittsburgh, where $10 million is far more of a signifant sum than for the Yankees......

Why? Is Pittsburgh in a foreign country where they don't have a good exchange rate? I know the cost of living is lower in western PA than NY/NJ/CT, but come on man. Pirates ownership has been sitting on money for decades, they just want you to think they can't. That way they can continue sucking without taking any blame, meanwhile they pocket the luxury tax and all the profits.

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