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Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:35 am
Edited on: February 10, 2012 12:33 pm
 

The Yankees and Pirates are continuing to talk about a possible A.J. Burnett trade that could lead to more activity in the form of a couple free-agent signings by the Yankees. As of Thursday night, the teams were thought to be a few million apart in the Burnett negotiations, but they were still talking and there is some hope for a deal.

The Yankees, in a twist, want to clear some money to sign their preferred positional candidates. They are considering Raul Ibanez and Johnny Damon as possible DH candidates and Eric Chavez as a reserve. They appear to be leaning toward Ibanez for the DH role, though Damon and Hideki Matsui, two former Yankees stars, also have been under consideration. In another twist, some say it's because they perceive Ibanez as the more adept outfielder than Damon at this point (the lefty DH could be employed in the outfield in rare circumstances). The Yankees loved the way Chavez fit into the clubhouse last year and wouldn't mind using Alex Rodriguez as a DH on occasion.

The Pirates tried for Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt and seek a proven veteran starter such as Burnett, but so far have not acceded to the Yankees' monetary request. The Yankees have offered to pay a substantial portion of the $33 million remaining on Burnett's deal over the final two years--though, not quite enough money in the Pirates' estimation. The Pirates also have rejected a Yankees request for Garrett Jones in trade talks.  Word is, the Yankees at least initially asked the Pirates to pay well more than one-third of the $33 million, something closer to a 50-50 split of the financial obligation to Burnett. The Pirates are believed to ha ve countered by offering to pay less  than $10 million of the $33 million to go.

The Yankees have seven viable starting pitching candidates and have been looking for a trade partner for Burnett, who generally has been a disappointment in New York. No other teams have surfaced publicly as potential suitors for Burnett as of yet. He has a limited no-trade clause which curtails the number of places he can be traded.








Comments

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:39 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

I think the move back to the N.L. will benefit Burnett. N.L. offenses have less talent than the A.L. and there is no DH. This may sound like a remedial arguement, but I think it's true. I'm not sure how much of the money the Pirates will be willing to pay, but adding a veteran player should benefit the clubhouse too. Unfortunately for the Yanks, this happens all to often for them.  They add a player through free agency at above their market value and then they don't pan out. It comes with the territory when you are willing to pay the most or overpay for top free agents. I just hope that the Pirates don't give up too much to get him. They had a great 1st half last year, and hopefully for them Burnett will be the missing piece this season.



Since: Dec 20, 2010
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:44 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

I tell ya what, this guy in the NL will probably do just fine, especially with Pujols and Fielder out of the division.  No more Red Sox, Rays, Jays and the band box in Baltimore, plus no NYC nightlife and wife to alledgedly punch him in the eye.  I see improved stats across the board, if the Pirates can score any runs.

That said, if the Pirates take his pie face gimmick with him, all we need for him is a 6pack and a couple soft pretzels.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:15 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Dynks, You obviously don't know the history of your team and free agency. Every time the Yankees hideously overpay a Steve Kemp, Hideki Irabu, Jaret Wright or Danny Tartabull, every player with similar numbers gets a raise when arbitration comes around. The Yankees are a huge factor in the escalation of baseball salaries, directly due to overpaying for players, since they first starting cleaning out the Oakland A's in the '70's.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: February 12, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

It would be a perfect world if the entire league told the Yankees to eat it. You signed him for that ridculous amount, helped to screw up the market - again. Now you can either cut him or use.
The Yankees didn't "screw up" anything.  



Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 11:59 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

The Jays actually caught a break when he opted out of the last two years of that enormous contract.  He was average at best with the team and spent a long period on the injury list.  He's been even worse with the Yankees, who signed him to another huge contract.  Now they are finally coming to grips with the fact that he hasn't lived up to these contracts. 

As desparate as teams are for starting pitching, someone will surely take a chance on him at a reduced price.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:04 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

It would be a perfect world if the entire league told the Yankees to eat it. You signed him for that ridculous amount, helped to screw up the market - again. Now you can either cut him or use.



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 9:46 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade



I am a casual fan, but this guy stinks. You are guaranteed a loss on his day to pitch.



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 12, 2012 7:48 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Guys, this is the Pirates.  So you're already talking about a AAA team.  The thing that the Pirates want is his ability to throw the SO.  Pirates were last in MLB in SO last year.



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 2:27 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

pirates are suckers if thay take this trade 



Since: Apr 2, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2012 12:18 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Jones stopped being a promising prospect a few years ago.
Had it not been for so many injuried, his butt would have been in AAA last year


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