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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 3, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:22 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

I like this as a Yankee fan...Pirates get Burnett-Yankees get not Burnett! Make it happen!



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

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.
After making his 'I am not having fun pitching in New York' comments last summer the Yankees should be happy if the Pittsburgh Pirates paid one-thirtieth of A.J. Burnett's remaining salary and sent Garrett Jones as well. God help whatever team winds up with that mental case (Burnett).



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:09 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

I AM A YANKEE FAN.AND IWATCH EVERY GAME THEY PLAY. BURNETT HAS ONE OF THE BEST ARM'S IN THE LEAGUE,HE JUST DOSE NOT KNOW HOW TO PITCH TO CONTACT AND GET HITTERS OUT. TRY'S TO STRIKE EVERYONE OUT INSTEAD OF USING HIS HEAD AND SETTING HITTERS UP. HE IS A GOOD TEAM PLAYER,BUT NOT A SMART PITCHER. HE HAS HAD SUCCESS IN THE PAST MAYBE A CHANGE WOULD BE A GOOD DEAL FOR SOME OTHER TEAM. I WISH HIM WELL !Cool



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:07 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

boc 11... "Burnett will always be a  "true" Yankee and a big reason, as previously stated,an integral part of the '09 team that will always make him a champion"..
i was at this game. It was the night alicia keys and jay z performed, bc their show was postponed bc it rained the night before. sat in the upperdeck behind home plate
COINCIDENTLY, i was also at the game in 2010 when AJ gave up a homerun to Benji Monlina!!!! And AJ blew our season!!!!! I sat in the left field upper deck.  
3 things are ertian, bc i was there,... yea, in 2009 he won a big game. BUT, In 2010 he blew our season . Importantly, I need better seats, and AJ sucks.



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade


Ontcanuck great point on why give up a guy with some actual value in Jones to get garbage???

Danny Knobler had the best answer to your question.

Then I talked to three scouts who follow the American League East closely.

Not one of the three was enthusiastic about getting Burnett, even at low cost.

"If this guy goes to a club that doesn't contend, he might really go in the tank," one said. "The Yankees might even be getting more out of him than another team would."

"No way," said another. "That personality does not fit in the [Pirates] organization. The stuff is good enough to take a chance on, but he is what he is."
The consensus was still no, don't want him.

Would you?


Simple answer is the only one who wanted him in the first place was Mr. Cashman.  He  seemed to believe he was at least a number 2 statrer and paid him like a number one starter.

There is a reason why Mr. Cashman would never leave the Yankees because no other club has the check book to cover for his constant costly mistakes.  Can you imagine any team paying a pitcher 20 plus million dollars plus the luxury tax not to pitch for him and this man still has a job with the Yankees. On top of last year when he paid close to 17 million dollars for three left handed pitchers who never threw a single pitch for the Yankees.   

 



Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:04 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

i thought he was going to join the bowling team of Kevin Brown, Carl Pavano, and Jaret Wright as that is where he belongs



Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

If we let Garrett Jones go who do we have to play 1st?  Unless Alvarez or McGehee moves to first full time) that is the only reason I can think of that Jones is a no.




Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:50 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

true yankee is not a term to be thrown around lightly. its not like they grow on trees



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:48 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

ill kick in a set of used golf clubs just to sweeten the deal. pleaseeeeeee take it



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:29 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Why would the Pirates give up anything for Burnett the guy is done and everyone knows it!  That's why no one else is even talking to them although 90% of the league is looking for pitching.  On top of that Why give up a guy with some actual value in Jones to get garbage???


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