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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: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:28 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Most people on this site are Yankee haters pretending to be Yankee fans? A.J. Burnett had a great first year and won a World Series ring in his first year. So, yes he is a pain at times and a hot head which causes him to be very inconsistent through the season but the guy when he puts it all together and is on his game has one of the best breaking pithces in the game. It's too bad he just can't play in New york but he will be a good pitcher in the National League. Pirates are pushing it too the limited asking for the Yankees to pay the whole salary basically. If they are to pay the majority of the salary then they need something good in return. This guy might put it all together and have 200k's you never know. He also has a great playoff record don't forget that. So although they don't need him anymore all the real fans thank him for helping win a world series and we wish him all the best.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:03 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Lord baby Jesus...please make this trade happen! Amen!!!!!



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:55 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

You do realize that, if this trade goes through, the Yankees will still end up picking up the bulk of the tab in terms of his 'undeserved contract', right?

At least I won't have to be reminded of it every time he takes the mound any longer.  This is the New York Yankees we're talking about, tmlad...money to burn.  Well worth eating this one; the man (and I use that term loosely) has worn out his welcome in the Bronx.  Good riddance if the deal gets done.




Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

I'm sure all the Yankee fans on already saying, "He was never a true Yankee anyway." The most arrogant statement in sports. If he wears your uniform...he truly is a Yankee.



Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Whoa tmlad ....I strongly believe Notepad2 was being sarcastic. How about this one ....Burnett would make a great Pirate, hell he's on his last leg anyway!...lol  




Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:24 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

If Yanks eat most of his contract and Pirates don't give up much, then it's a good deal for both teams. Burnett would do much better in NL and with microscope off of him. Yankees would finally get rid of him and have some cash to sign a bench player.



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:23 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Are you serious? A washed-up (or never-has-been) pitcher for a top flight, 5 tool CF AND millions of dollars? Whatever you're smoking, please share with the class.

How bout Lackey instead.  Think Boston would go for that?  It might take Jones and McCutchen though.



Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

What do you mean the Yankees haven't figured it out? Burnett hasn't figured it out. What more can the Yankees do? Give him a juice box and a fruit rollup for trying?



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:17 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Hey Pittsburgh, why not make a trade with the Red Sox instead. You could steal Dice-K from them and maybe even keep Jones if you throw in McCuthen and a couple million.
Are you serious? A washed-up (or never-has-been) pitcher for a top flight, 5 tool CF AND millions of dollars? Whatever you're smoking, please share with the class.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:17 pm
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

you're joking right?


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