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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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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:38 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

scratch that incompetance line because pirates owners are actually very good busniess men. they continually make a profit while spending nothing on the club and giving nothing back to the people of pittsburgh other than some fireworks. the players know the pirates owners dont want to win. vets dont wanna go to pitt and be pawned off to the highest bidder by mid summer. its a running joke that needs to be stopped. this is the kind of behavior thats ruining baseball, even more so than the decadant yankees of the last decade.



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:33 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

THEY WOULD BUMP KARSTENS?!?!?!  The Pirates would be INSANE to do that.  He gave them 19 Good Starts* while Correia only gave them 12!!!!!  And Karstens had only 4 pretty bad starts while Correia had 13!!!!!  Correia's All-Star appearance be-damned, he was simply not good.  

Here are the records of the Pirates rotation based on Good Starts*:

Jeff Karstens: 19-7
Charlie Morton: 17-12
James McDonald: 16-14 (1 no decision)
Kevin Correia: 13-13

Added from the AL
Erik Bedard: 14-8 (2 no decisions)
A.J. Burnett: 15-17

Karstens pitched better than ANY of them, and he's the guy that would get bumped?  Source on that opinion please.

Good Start*: pitched 5-6 innings giving up 2 or fewer earned runs
   pitched 7-9 innings giving up 3 or fewer earned runs 



Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:28 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

 As Oliver Hardy would probably say about the Yanks signing of Burnett:   "Another fine mess you've gotten us into, Cashman".



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

thats total crap that no one decent would sign with the pirates so they have to settle on the junk heap. thats the kind of garbage the pirates ownership wants you to believe so they can be further excused from their incompetance. money is green in pittsburgh and people are looking for work. maybe if the pirates didnt have a reputation of being cheap bastards that dont take care of their players or fans, they would get more players to come. 



Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Good trade for the pirates, people saying they should continue to develop their young gs and sign a few free agents don't understand that nobody good will sign with the pirates. No matter what money they offer. This is the only way to get someone worth some value, a good clubhouse guy, show their fans they are at least now trying which would also show their current players the same too. The bucks need this move.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:51 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I haven't taken the time to read all of the comments yet, but in my opinion, Burnett still has a lot in the tank & would do well in Pittsburgh.  The guy can "bring it" and while his enemy can be wildness, he has shutdown stuff.  Heading to a lower pressure park with a good young team behind him would be a good environment for him, but discount his ability to deliver in the clutch too.  Burnett kept the Yankees alive against Detroit in the playoffs last year, when no one thought he would throw a pitch.  Pitched better than any other starter in the series.  Also had a big World Series win in Game 2 against Philadelphia during the Yankees' last title run.  I think he'd be a good fit and I wish him well.  In the unlikely event he's not traded, I think he'll put up a fight for a slot in the rotation and with the money he is due, I wouldn't count him out.


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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:28 pm
 

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Aj Burnet will win in with the Brewers no doubt. Eric Bedard will win with the Yankees. Kevin Coreia win win with Yankees NO DOUBT.


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