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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: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:37 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Burnett has a 8 team no trade list in his contract and apparently the Pirates aren't on it. If AJ really thinks this through he has 2 years to show he can still pitch. He will be pitching under less scrutiny in Pittsburgh and the opponents are just not as good. He did win a ring in 2009 and actually pitched well to earn it. The Yankees will take some $$ off the books as they trim down their payroll.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:30 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Anything to get that terd AJ outta NY!!!!  If that deal goes the term Pirate Power Dump is the reference.  Suprised Roy Oswalt isn`t interested, no media or chance to be in the penant race.  Easy $ Roy think about it...Pirates ace pitcher.  Take AJ!!!!!!!!!!!!    

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:28 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Burnett is 2 years past his caliber..that is why they are offering  him  to a minor league team and organization.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:21 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

As a Pirate fan, I would love this trade to go through (obviously).  The only way Pirate ownership can get a player of Burnett's caliber to come to Pittsburgh is to trade for them.  That way, they can't reject it.  Once they do this, and hopefully have somewhat of a good year, then the free agents will come.  Well, assuming the ownership doesn't continue to keep all of the money for themselves instead of putting it back in to the team.  Maybe there is hope to finish above .500 this year. 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:19 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Sounds like a great move for both.  Garrett Jones gets to hit in the cracker-box Yankee stadium and boost his numbers.  A.J. Burnett gets to leave the cracker-box and also gets out of the intense spotlight of Yankee stadium.
This sounds like a great deal for the Yankees, AJ Burnett, and Garrett Jones.  It sounds like a horrible deal for the Pirates.  Not that Garret Jones is a piece you build a team around, but Burnett is a stable veteran the way nitroglycerin is stable.  If the Pirates can get him for next to nothing, then they don't have much to lose on the deal, but if they pick any substantial part of the salary they got taken to the cleaners.    &n

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:16 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

This is a Jon Heyman report, so it's probably B.S.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:12 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

back to debo.... most intelligent post on here! i wouldnt give you a half eaten ham sandwich for burnett! he is a frickin head case who will not improve unless he is in the pee wee league and they expand the strike zone to 4x4 and 60 feet on half his deuces. if cashman gets rid of this bum and gets ANYTHING in return he is GM of the year already ... and the yankees could finish last. only wish the bosox would take him. lackey and burnett could bunk together!

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:53 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

@debo you would give that much for AJ Burnett. Done!!!!! Hahahahahaha

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:48 am

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Please don't give the Yanks a way out on this. They drive the market with their obscene horrible contracts - make them live it out.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:37 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.


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