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A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade agreed upon

Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:26 am
Edited on: February 17, 2012 5:45 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


The reported A.J. Burnett-to-Pittsburgh deal is nearing completion, as CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has learned the two sides have agreed to make the trade. Burnett will need to pass a physical slated for Sunday, while Major League Baseball will need to approve the deal before it becomes official.

Money has been an issue from the start, obviously, as Burnett is owed $33 million for the next two seasons. Heyman reports the Yankees will pick up $20 million of that. Because the Yankees pay their players year-round, they've already paid him $2,062,500 this year and will pay him $9,437,500 more with the Pirates picking up another $5 million. In 2013, the Yankees will pay Burnett $8.5 million and Pittsburgh will pay him $8 million. With the saved money, the Yankees will now turn their focus to two bats. One target is left-handed hitting Raul Ibanez, presumably to fill the open DH slot -- or at the very least share time with right-handed hitting Andruw Jones. The Yankees' second target will be Eric Chavez, who spent 2011 with the club.

Burnett to Pirates
The return for the Yankees will be two lower-level minor-league players, 25-year-old right-handed reliever Diego Moreno and 20-year-old outfielder Exicardo Cayones.

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. Advanced stats, such as FIP, show Burnett hasn't been near as bad as his traditional stats indicate, however. He will also benefit moving from the mighty AL East -- in a hitters' park -- to the NL Central and the much more pitcher-friendly PNC Park.

Burnett will probably bump either Jeff Karstens or Kevin Correia from the Pirates' rotation, joining Erik Bedard, James McDonald and Charlie Morton. Keep in mind, though, that Morton's health is in question to start the season and Bedard's health is pretty much always in question, so I'd expect all six starters to get in their work this season.

As for the players going to the Yankees, neither are impact-type players. Moreno, a Venezuelan native, was 2-4 with a 3.63 ERA and 5 saves in 41 games in Class A and Double-A. He struck out 45 batters in 44 2/3 innings, while walking 18. He can hit 98, but has suspect command. Only seven of his appearances were in Double-A. Also from Venezuela, Cayones hit .228/.333/.325 between rookie-level and short-season Class A, with no homers in 38 games and 135 plate appearances. He stole three bases and was thrown out three times, as well. Make no mistake, these players weren't an important part of the deal. For the Yankees, it was about addition by subtraction.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:15 pm
 

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade agreed upon

O.K Then you woke up like a G.M of the Yankees is going to listen to someone named Chucky

Dlopez is the old Brian8ball guys.  Don't bother with him. 


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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:33 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:06 pm
 

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade agreed upon

That`s who AJ is, a gutless baby who only cares about his $. his wife might have more toughness than him except when it comes to flying apperently. May your next tat be the Pittsburgh Pirate on that overrated arm AJ you lousy bum. 



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:04 am
 

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade agreed upon

Regardless of how foolish some posters think it was of the Yankees to have signed Burnett in the first place, hindsight is 20/20.   I'm thrilled New York is cutting their losses, our frustrations and A.J. Burnett's sinking self esteem lose.  I hope Burnett bounces back and does well in Pittsburgh.  A pitcher who has no confidence left in himself---especially pitching in unforgiving New York---needs a fresh start.

This is a win-win for the Yankees and Burnett. 








Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:58 am
 

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade agreed upon

Unbelievable!

AJ wouldn't allow a trade to the Angels because his wife doesn't like to fly???? So now he will play for the Pirates and not come close to winning a division let alone a pennant/Series!

Wow I can't believe it! She could drive to spring training, she could drive to San Diego, Oakland, LA to see him play this year!

The weather is better in CA and the most important thing is he would be on a team that has the possibility of winning a World Series for the next few years!

You know what? It's better for the Angels as he would only win 1 playoff game that had any meaning anyway!

At least the ballpark is nice in Pitt!




Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:31 am
 

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade agreed upon

Here comes a pitcher machine to the Pirates. Every foot in the bucket hitter in the National League just added .20 to their batting average.



Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:41 pm
 

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade agreed upon

Yankees were foolish to sign him in the first place to such a large contract. Minus a couple stand out years in Florida, overall he's a 4.00ERA kinda guy. Lots of K's, but still, lots of runs given up as well.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:34 pm
 

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade agreed upon

With the saved money, the Yankees will now turn their focus to two bats. One target is left-handed hitting , presumably to fill the open DH slot -- or at the very least share time with right-handed hitting . The Yankees' second target will be , who spent 2011 with the club.
With this saved money the Yankees actually should get ready to lock up Robinson Cano to a long-term deal.
The return for the Yankees will be two lower-level minor-league players, 25-year-old right-handed reliever Diego Moreno and 20-year-old outfielder Exicardo Cayones.
Also from Venezuela, Cayones hit .228/.333/.325 between rookie-level and short-season Class A, with no homers in 38 games and 135 plate appearances. He stole three bases and was thrown out three times, as well.
I am intrigued by Exicardo Cayones. Yes the numbers are not exciting but keep one thing in mind: he is just 20 years old. There is still alot of time for him to get it right and quite possibly become an impact player.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 3:19 pm
 

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade agreed upon


Makes sense for both teams. Obviously, the Yankees have grown tired of Burnett. It now frees a spot in Spring training to get a good look at some of their high level minor league prospects. At some point you have to let them pitch to see what you have. And more to this year, the Yankees had too many starters, and Burnett was the one they wanted to get rid of. For the Pirates, the deal is a good one as well. The hardest thing to do for most clubs is figure out how to fill 1500 plus innings in a season. Burnett will certainly throw around 200 innings which can't be discounted. He should also pitch better out of the spotlight in the NL as opposed to the much scrutinized AL East.  


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