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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 22, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:18 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

amazing, you can 'earn' well over 100 million dollars for being terrible at your job. then ppl line up to give you more. aj burnout is a dumpster fire.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:16 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I love the comments that AJ can't win in New York.  Before he signed he was about a .500 pitcher.  In the past few years as a Yankee, he has been about a .500 pitcher.  Maybe it is not New York, maybe it is just that he is a .500 pitcher, on any team in any city.  With that said, he is of no use to the Yanks and it ios time to part ties.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:11 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I am in most peoples corner in regards to trading aj. I will however give him props for standing there and answering questions after each start. He has been a very good clubhouse guy, which is important in the yankee organization. If the yankees can acquuire a prospect from the pirates i would be happy with that. He was never going to pitch to that contract. It was a contract that he has never lived up to. there is no questioning his stuff. It's good, but he seems to always have that one inning where his location,command disappear.  cruise for 4 or 5 and then just look lost.  
  Who knows maybe a change of scenery will help. I would think going to the national league should help...not as many deep lineups, out of the limelight of ny... who knows??? the trade needs to be made before we'll ever know...

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:07 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I'm sure to get blasted for my earlier post, especially from Yankee fans.  I'm a lifelong Yankees fan myself and when I said "don't trade Burnett"...I didn't mean that I enjoyed him on the staff. I was just saying that I preferred him OVER Freddy Garcia. We never would have resigned Freddy Garcia after we did the trade w/ Seattle and the Kuroda signing.  With Burnett there is a chance (albeit a small one) of a great outing.  Garcia reminds me of Eddie Harris from Major League. Burnett needs a powerful offense to overcome his meltdowns. He does pitch good against Boston though, and Garcia can't get past Baltimore sometimes.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 6:44 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Burnett is a batting tee. Cashman paid top of the rotation money for a .500 pitcher back when Burnett LOOKED like he was a .500 pitcher. His deal is in the Barry Zito, John Lackey category. If you like THIS deal, how about taking over the payments on the Titanic ? Just a little water damage...

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:36 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Bad move if they sign Burnett, considering that the bucs let Paul Maholm walk for less money than they will pay A.J.    And Paul Maholm was pitching well last year.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:27 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Any new news yet?

Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:17 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

As a yankee fan, TRADE the bum and i'll pay for the plane ticket to pitts

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:01 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

Don't make this deal please!!  He's not worth any of our prospects or money!! The dude is a 5 inning pitcher, anything after that is a sight for sore eyes! Please noooooo!
I agree that the Pirates should not make this trade, The Yankees want Garrett Jones in return. The Pirates don't have many power hitters, so it be mistake to trade Jones who can hit over 20 HR a season.

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 4:52 pm

Update on Burnett-to-Pirates trade talks

I would hope that the Yankees don't trade him, if they have to reduce the pitching roster. Please get rid of Freddy Garcia NOW.  AJ is a good clubhouse guy, and that is important in a team environment.  Garcia started off good, but faded fast.  The Yankees do their best to make the playoffs each year. AJ was better in last years postseason.  Keep in mind that it was just one start...but it was against the SAME team.  AJ's ERA in that game was 1.59 while Freddy's ERA was 5.06   

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