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A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade is official

Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:54 pm
Burnett to Pirates
By Matt Snyder

A.J. Burnett is officially a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The final two hurdles in the transaction that sent Burnett to the Pirates via trade were for the right-handed pitcher to pass a physical and Major League Baseball to approve the trade. Both happened Sunday, according to's Jon Heyman.

The trade had to be approved by the MLB offices due to the Yankees paying $20 million of the remaining $33 million on Burnett's contract.

The return for the Yankees is two lower-level minor-league players, 25-year-old right-handed reliever Diego Moreno and 20-year-old outfielder Exicardo Cayones. Neither are expected to make much of an impact on the Yankees' system, as this deal was basically a salary dump.

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.

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Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:17 pm

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade is official

Hey Larry Luv, 

how's the leisure suit? I'm glad you at least took the Mets off your favorites team and switched them with the Yankees. That makes your deceit a little better. You need to work on the BS though. You're a fan since the Yanks got swept by the Big Red Machine? A Yanks fan would focus on the champions in '77 and '78, not them losing to another team. Just like I became a fan in the mid 80's, but I know it's because of the way Donnie Baseball played the game and his MVP year in '85. Yanks fans focus on the good things that have happened with the team, not the negative. After all, we have so much awesome history to enjoy.

Try again. Thanks. Unless you pick up you're game, you're not going to be a very good troll. Over the years we've had some excellent ones and they've placed the bar very hard. Try again. 

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:38 pm

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade is official

Yankees to Pirates I'd have to say that's a downgrade for AJ. Good move by the yankees however, he's way overrated IMO

Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:05 pm
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Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:16 am

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade is official

seems like an odd trade to me.  If A.J. seems to be a risk for the Buccos but with the Yankees picking up most of the bill it is a good deal.

Maybe the Yankees are thanking the Pirates for all the players we sent their way for next to nothing. :-D

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:43 am

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade is official

Someone wrote this was basically a salary dump.  Not really. The Yankees "PAID" the Pirates $20 million to take him. All the Yanks got in return was 2 schlubbers who will never make the major leagues. I think the Yankees should have held on to AJ rather than give him away for nothing AND have to pay $20 Million to do so. For all the talk us Yankee fans keep reading these past few years from Cashman, (who btw continues to make crappy signings), is they need to save money, and not spend so much. Then this was idiotic. We just spent $20 million fror nothing. I cannot believe the Yanks couldn't have gotten at least a major league ready prospect for AJ.
He will pitch very well in the NL, where he will face a #8 and a pitcher every single game. It is much easier to pitch in the NL than oin the AL with out a doubt. Lineups are not as deep as in the AL. The Yankees better hope we don't get any injuries to our starters, because then they will regret giving AJ away for free (well not for free, as it cost us $20 million) to dump him.
Cashman has made way too many signing blunders.
He says "we don't need a hitter".  Well look at our lineup.
Getting Older by the day. Look at Tex' numbers since he became a Yankee. Sure he has good power numbers but his batting avergae has steadily DROPPED every year.  last year he didnt even hit .250.
You can'r have your number 3 hitter going, on average, less than 1-4 every game.
Yanks were one of the worst teams with RISP and less than 2 outs.
It cost them the playoff series again the Tigers this past season.
2nd and 3rd , with 1 out, and NO ONE SCORED!!!
A lot of that falls on Joe Girardi's shoulders as well.
He has to try to manufacture runs, and not wait for the 3 run bomb.
Bunt runners over, try a squeeze once in a while.  Exceot for Gardner, opponents knew no one else was going to bunt.
So YES the Yankees need better hitting.  We need to replace Swisher, who cannot hit in the post season to save himself. I love his enthusiasm, but we want another WS, and we need a better hitting and fielding RF. Infield is set for now, but AROD needs to stay healthy. We need to begin grooming Jeter's replacement. Have to watch Tex' production. He is still young enough, but that BA needs to get back closer to .300. His previous low was his rookie year with Texas, and it was STILL higher than his last 2 seasons in NY.
So to me Cashman MUST go, and watch Girardi closely. He needs to start to become a manager again, like he was in Florida.
That is why TB is always in the hunt, with a much lesser team, talent wise. Madden produces runs, and if he wasn't in Tampa, he would be regarded as one of the best managers in baseball.
All in all, let's hope our pitching stays healthy, because the AL justgot a hold lot tougher
NY, TB, Boston, Detroit, Texas, Anaheim will ALL be Tough, and only 5 teams get in (now that MLB OK's the 5th team for this season, in a 1 game playoff for the Wild Card team)

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:22 am

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade is official

Not reported was one case of whipped cream to the Pirates along with AJ.

Problem is they will never get to use it!

Good riddance AJ...if only you had half a brain to go with that 80 million dollar arm.

Not sure I have ever seen such a waste of incredible talent! 

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:53 am

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade is official

 Maybe he is the worst pitcher in Yankees history. I am not really a Yankee fan so I've never looked into it. Mr Cashman issued the contracts and had the team pay out the money. Don't get me wrong I think they over payed him by leaps and bounds as well. I thought that when they first signed him. At least Burnett pitched full seasons and put out an honest effort, unlike Pavano.
Start a petition and maybe you can get Cashman canned too. 
All I was getting at is that his some of his stats are NOT the worst in MLB when looking at other pitchers and he more than likely will have better luck in Pittsburgh which is a hitters park. 

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:49 am

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade is official

Said I don't think A.J. is as bad as a lot of people think

According to stats he was the worst starting pitcher in Yankee history.

Mr. Cashman has wasted over 260 million dollars just on Burnett, Rogers, Karsay, Pavano, Wright, Farnsworth, and Kei.  Liek I said Burnett should not be the only one packing his bag.  Mr. Cashman should be gone.     

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:53 am

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade is official

Did you forget the Ring he and CC gave us in 2009?

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:24 am

A.J. Burnett-to-Pirates trade is official

There's a Major League Baseball team in Pittsburgh?  
Thats the rumor I heard too.  Another good one is they play professional sports in Kansas City.  Still unconfirmed.  

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