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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.


Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:07 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

yea good luck with that haha..pirates wont even give up jones for him

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:36 pm

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Burnett pitches great for Pirates till July as Pittsburgh is 15 games under 500 and then trade Burnett to a contender for a decent prospect.  This is obv a great deal for all teams involved.

Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:31 pm

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Burnett will be a stud in NL non-pressure situation. If Yankees eat most of his contract, could be a good deal for Pirates as long as they don't trade anything of significant value for this bum.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:07 pm

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

I would trade Burnett to the Pirates only for McCutchen, because even though AJ is the enigma McCutchen is really the only viable player on their team that will be successful anywhere he plays. Burnett can eat some innings especially if Huges, and Garcia dont work out in the rotation.

Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:30 pm
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Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:52 pm

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

He needs to go to a winning NL team not a team where there is a dead end owner who doesn't care about the team. 

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:21 pm

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:14 pm

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Burnett is a great arm, the real problem is that he is what the vets call a "head case". The guy hits the slightest bump in the road, he gets bent out of shape. Every cheap hit or wild pitch compounds into something else and AJ simply doesn't have the heart to suck it up and get through the tough time. My father said it best "AJ BURNETT SIMPLY HAS NO HEART". The real great pitchers find a way even without their stuff to get through the inning. They find a way to dig down and make the pitch to get the big hitter to make an out. AJ by comparison folds under adversity 99 out of 100 times. He might have the nastiest stuff in the league when he's on, but when he's off, AJ simply falls apart on the mound.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:11 pm

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Alexios19:  He also has a great playoff record don't forget that.
You make no sense at all, dude.  Burnett has a great playoff record?  Um, Burnett has a career postseason ERA over 5.  His ERA the last two seasons looks more like Carlos Silva than a major league talent.    

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:31 pm

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

This happened with Irabu and Igawa.  It was a gamble that didn't work and they banished them to the bullpen and minors.  I say the same here.  If you can't find a taker, put him in the bullpen for the long situations and the games that are out of reach.  Just 2 years to deal with that craziness...

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