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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.








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Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:21 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Hooray!!  Giants win the Super Bowl and now AJ, his tats, gargantuan undeserved contract & astronomical ERA are potentially on their way out of NY...could my week/month get any better?!?!?

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?




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 10:09 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talking Burnett trade

Yankees asking for Garrett Jones?? Aj Burnett should be traded for: Garrett Jones' used batting gloves, 1 box of Rawlings baseballs and 1 bag of chalk to paint the foul lines before a game. 




Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:59 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talk about AJ; Raul, Eric wait

The day he threw Jorge under the bus in Boston was the day I was done with Burnett. 




Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:58 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talk about AJ; Raul, Eric wait

If Cashman can work his magic and somehow unload AJ, I'd be very impressed.  Even if the Yanks pick up some of the contract, they are still lowering their payroll as well ridding themselves of a headcase pitcher. 

It takes a special player to be able to pitch for the New York Yankees.  Some guys just cannot handle all the pressure that comes with wearing a Yankee uniform.  Burnett was a perfect example of a guy who didn't have it mentally.  I think you will see AJ pitch much better if he is traded to Pittsburgh since they are in the NL and there isn't nearly as much pressure as there is in New York.

That one start is worth 90 million dollars to you?? Of course it is, it's not your money. 

Just to clarify, Burnett's contract is 82 million, not 90 million. 




Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:54 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talk about AJ; Raul, Eric wait

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.  Playing for a team that hasn't made the playoffs since 1992 should take some pressure off Burnett, who obviously cannot take the heat in New York.



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:51 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talk about AJ; Raul, Eric wait

If A J Burnett can't pitch well in new york with their fat cat lineup why does Pittsburgh think he's going to do any good. I had Burnett on one of my fantasy teams , he was a dud. 



Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:50 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talk about AJ; Raul, Eric wait

AJ will do well with the Pirates due to the difference in pressure placed on him by the cities.  Here's hoping it goes through!



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:39 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talk about AJ; Raul, Eric wait

Bottom line is without AJ's brilliant start in Game 2 of the 2009 WS when fat CC choked in Game 1, Yanks don't win the series. That alone has been worth the contract. I for one will be sorry to see him gone. He's a great talent, and seemingly a great teammate, even if he is wildly inconsistent and and troubled. 

Dumbest post of this thread by far, congratulations.  You are actually the first and only Yankee fan on these boards that has ever said the Burnett contract was a good one, all I have to say to that is WOW.  That one start is worth 90 million dollars to you?  Of course it is, it's not your money.



Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:39 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talk about AJ; Raul, Eric wait

Hooray!!  Giants win the Super Bowl and now AJ, his tats, gargantuan undeserved contract & astronomical ERA are potentially on their way out of NY...could my week/month get any better?!?!?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 9:37 am
 

Yanks, Pirates talk about AJ; Raul, Eric wait

Burnett was never worth the contract the Yankees signed him to, not even close.  His last year in Toronto before the Yankees grabbed him his era was 4.07 with a whip of 1.34, even that isn't worth anything close to 90 million for 5 years. He had one very good year in Toronto with a 3.75 era and a whip around 1.20 but once again, that's not worth 90 million either.  

Why Pittsburgh wants him I don't know, except maybe for the right price he doesn't hurt them if he doesn't succeed.  Other then that this deal doesn't make one bit of sense for the Pirates.  Burnett is a 35 year old pitcher with more then likely only 2 years left in his career and certainly way past his prime.  I can't imagine a trade like this would excite Burnett either, going from a team that makes the playoffs every year to a team that has about the same chance of making the playoffs as I do leading off for the Yankees this year.

Just a weird trade... awesome for New York, but no clue why the Pirates are even thinking about doing this. 


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