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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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dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 12, 2012 11:43 pm
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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:41 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I'm sure the Red Sox would love to do the same with John Lackey...maybe the only Starting Pitcher to actually be worse than Burnett in all of MLB!
 



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Wow you have the nerve to talk about stupidity.You actually think the Pirates will ever become respected again.That is like saying BIG BEN is not a low life rapist.As for your ignorant RACISM,does not surprise me coming from someone who weas home schooled and lives in a trailer in Pittsburgh.And BTW I own my own business and 7/11 my wife's birthday.So it is easy to hide behind your momy's computer and be a racist,but trust me it would be you who would be running if you had the guts to say that to my face.

You admit you are a lifelong Pirate fan so that means you are a loser,they have been the worst team in baseball the last 19 years with ZERO PLAYOFF APPERANCES. dlopez711

You mistake my play on words with your name for racism and that's a shame but I achieved what I meant to achieve and that was to expose you as a true know nothing blowhard. I hope you used spell check on the business cards "for the business you own". Born and raised just outside the 'Burgh and proud of it. Worked on my grandparents farm - stacked more hay in the barn than you could ever imagine. Threats on-line, like the one you layed out there mr/mrs711, are like a 3rd grader calling out a teacher. It's sad really. You should have that anger issue attended to. I wouldn't want my poking you with a stick to be the switch that causes you to do something stupid to a friend or family member. Next time, try not to be so thin skinned. If you want to dish it out, you have to be able to take it as well! 



Since: Feb 12, 2012
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:07 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

gee if burnett gets traded,as a redsox fan ill be deeply saddened,i enjoyed watching the redsox(among others)light this bum up!oh well,the American leagues loss is the National leagues gain,although for a team trying to break a 20-season losing streak,this is a strange way of going about it!!!!!!


luciamay1987
Since: Feb 12, 2012
Posted on: February 12, 2012 9:46 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 9:06 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

It will take a pitching coach with a lot of experience in helping such a head case as Burnett. He, like many other former players, are not able to play in New York. Too much pressure, always being under the microscope, the abuse of being a bad player in the most populated city in the United States is too much for Burnett to deal with. I doubt if Burnett can even handle the pressure of Pittsburg at this stage in his career. There are only a couple of teams where he could start his career like a new person. St. Louis would be the obvious place for A.,J., but they have no need for him. They have one of the best pitching coaches of all time. but it will not happen there. Perhaps his former teammate, Doc, could help him restore his confidence, but once again, Philly has no need for him, and the fans in Philly are as tough as the New York fans. Perhaps Burnett can become an effective pitcher one day, but I really doubt it. If Pittsburg is stupid enough to take him on, it shows their desperation to win a few games.<br /><br />



dlopez711
Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 12, 2012 9:04 pm
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dlopez711
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Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:58 pm
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Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:46 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Do the Yanks really need any prospects back if the Pirates would be willing to take half of the contract ? This deal would be a win , win,for both teams , Burnett still has great stuff and if he could figure out a way to stop thinking so much on the mound he could win alot more games. I think the national league would help the guy because he would have to hit a few times a game it would loosen him up. The Yanks would get some extra money out of the deal that they could use for Chavez and one of the DHs availible. I would love for them to make Damon there choice hes a proven winner and loves Yankee stadium.



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:38 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Another clueless fan.Yeah they are going to trade for Eric Bedard and then bump him. Or Bump Correia who was the only Pirate to pitch over .500.And what does it really matter the last time the Pirates were a good team Willie Stargell was on the team.The Pirates suck and the only question is when will they lose their 100 game.The reason the Pirates are even talking about Burnett is so that they can finaly get some press. dlopez711

I'm certainly not one to judge when I read stupidity on back-to-back posts from a moron (chortle, chortle) but it seems to me like the username of this loser fits his/her total lack of gray matter (711 is probably his/her employer if even they're dumb enough to hire such a genius). Run for the border senor/senorita lopez! I seriously doubt anyone would try to stop you. Some folks might even front you the gas money. 
On the matter of Burnett coming to Pittsburgh...I am thrilled as a life long Pirate fan. Frank Coonelly is genuine and I truly believe the organization is trying to get the team back to respectability. They don't have the sick money that the yankees, red sox or angels have so they must be a heckuva lot smarter with what they do have. Go Buccos!  
 


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