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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: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:12 pm

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Shouldnt the Pirates be on every players no trade list?

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:07 pm

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

I agree with Ibemick. This move makes absolutely no sense for Pittsburgh. This whole thing is probably Heyman trying to create news out of nothing to provde his Baseball Insider status. So far, Heyman is batting 0 fer 2012. What a joke this dude is. He knows nothing, except how to speculate.

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:00 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. 

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:55 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

this possible trade reminds me of the days when i was a kid and the yankees were "using" the kansas city athletics as a place to
pawn their "over the hill" has beens to pick up viable athletes (can you say roger maris?). i see no great upside to the pirates to
do this deal (unless they are on mood elevators). as a small market team, their best bet is to follow a tampa rays success story...
namely, to build from within your own organization with young prospects where you can control their income level and get maximum
improvement. it can work...if you have the patience and the ability to assess talent.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:52 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Burnett is a better pitcher in the NL than AL.he has shown that. So I say send him to the NL where he belongs

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:46 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Easy $ Roy think about it...Pirates ace pitcher. 

All five Pirates starters pitched better last year than AJ Burnett did in 2010 or 2011.  Scary, isn't it?   

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:43 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

He did win a ring in 2009 and actually pitched well to earn it.

Ah, yes.  2009, the year he led the league in walks and wild pitches with a pedestrian ERA, crappy WHIP, and worse winning percentage than the team itself.  Well worth the contract.  Of course, he did have that one playoff game......    

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:42 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

homelandefender.  Is that all you do, come on these boards to tear people apart.  You don't even have the guts to put the teams that you follow on your profile.  You can make your another post during your next studyhall.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:42 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

I'm a huge yankee fan and burnett has been horrible.....he certainly hasn't maximized his ability....having said that the yankees have not found a way to extract his top form out of him.  Nobody argues that he has the velocity and the movement to excel and the Yankees haven't been able to figure out what type of training, philosophy and daily approach work for him.  He is just as much to blame but the Yankees don't seem to have done anything different to get him back on track.....I see this guy going somewhere and have a real good year or two given the right situation and coaching...maybe no right away but the ability is still there....the guys a mystery

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:38 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Burnett is a BUM and the Wankees BLOW!

It's the year of the Ranger.  Get used to it.

Such keen insight, analysis and commentary!  Thanks so much for sharing!

Makes me real glad as to where I live and the team I get to root for.

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