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Indians call, but best hope for AJ is Pittsburgh

Posted on: February 14, 2012 4:12 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 4:17 pm
 

The Yankees and Pirates continue to talk about a deal involving A.J. Burnett, and there seems to be continuing optimism a deal could get done between those teams by the end of the week. The best guess is that the Pirates will wind up paying about $13 million of the $33 million owed Burnett while surrendering one or two non-roster minor-league players. The Pirates seem more willing to bend on the money than the quality of the minor leaguers, and that is a testament to them.

The Indians, Angels and a fourth team are also believed to have checked in on Burnett, but the focus remains on a potential Pirates deal. There was some brief discussion of a Burnett-for-Travis Hafner swap, but there's no evidence the Indians would be willing to do that, as they are reluctant to hurt their offense. The Angels are on Burnett's no-trade list, and he has said he would not waive his no-trade to go there. The Burnetts live in Baltimore and want to stay in the East, which is why he put the West Coast teams on his no-trade list in the first place.

The Pirates at some point offered to to pay at least $10 million of the $33 million remaining on Burnett, and once they compromise a bit more on the cash, the sense is there's every reason to believe a deal could happen within the next several days.




Category: MLB
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Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Indians call, but best hope for AJ is Pittsburgh

Just a quick question for my own benefit. If the Yankees pay the 20 million dollars for the remainder of Burnett's contract, does that 20 million still count against the salary cap? Or does the full amount transfer over to the Pirates ledger?



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Indians call, but best hope for AJ is Pittsburgh

Just a quick question for my own benefit. If the Yankees pay the 20 million dollars for the remainder of Burnett's contract, does that 20 million still count against the salary cap? Or does the full amount transfer over to the Pirates ledger?



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Indians call, but best hope for AJ is Pittsburgh

Just a quick question here for my own benefit. If Burnett is traded to the Pirates with the Yankees paying 20 million of his salary, does the 20 million still count against the Yankees payroll vis a vis the luxury tax? Or, does the full 33 milion dollar salary for the next two years transfer to the Pirates?

anyone know?



Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 6:04 pm
 

Indians call, but best hope for AJ is Pittsburgh

I agree with you but can someone here tell me why any team would want to take this guy off the Yankees hands.


I am a Yankee fan and was against the signing of this guy for that amount and years in the first place. 


If I were the Pirates or any other team looking at him I would first get my head examined then if I was still found competent I would demand that the Yankees pay all but 6 millions of his contract.


The other teams are in the driver seat on this deal.     
   



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Indians call, but best hope for AJ is Pittsburgh

Moving from the AL to NL does not automatically mean your ERA will be lowered by between 1.5 to 2.5 runs.

Sincerely,

Zach Greinke, Barry Zito and pretty much every pitcher who has switched from the AL to NL.



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Indians call, but best hope for AJ is Pittsburgh

They started their careers in CLE you dolt.  Do some research before you attempt to put someone else down, because all you did here is make yourself look like an idiot.



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Indians call, but best hope for AJ is Pittsburgh

Burnett is a head case, the oil doesn't touch the dipstick, he got a hole in his marble bag, he's a couple of McNuggets short of a Happy Meal. The Yankees need to unload him no matter the cost. Pittsburgh puts him out of the AL, as much as I would like to saddle Cleveland with him, I just want him gone, Make the deal, get a couple of minor league players, write off the cash lost and hook AJ up with a shrink in the process to show we care.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Indians call, but best hope for AJ is Pittsburgh

The Pirates are forced to take a chance on a pitcher like Burnett because after losing out on Jackson and Oswalt because they didn't want to come to Pittsburgh, they have to attempt to bring in a big name to show the rest of the majors that they are ready to spend.  Yes, it has taken 19 years and Yes, they still have a lower payroll than there last year in Three Rivers, but at least they are trying.  Not sure if it will work if Burnett ends up being a bust, but if they are trying to spend anything, then I am all for it.  Even if the only choice is a pitcher past his prime.  Any money that doesn't go in the owners pockets (see history of this ownership) is good with me as a Pirate fan.



Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:43 am
 

Indians call, but best hope for AJ is Pittsburgh

This is a pefect move for the Pirates. Yankees are willing to eat as much as 80 percent of his salary. The guy has talent - he just cannot perform in NY. We've seen plenty of pithcers like him over the years who went elsewhere and pitched really well. Combine weaker NL lineups and absence of a DH and you can lower his projected ERA by at least 1.5 to 2.5 runs. If Pirates don't give up much to get him on top of things, then they should definitely do it.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:35 am
 

Indians call, but best hope for AJ is Pittsburgh

One of the worst pitchers in MLB and highly overpaid. Is that really the combination you are looking for if you are the Pirates? Can't the Pirates get any more creative than to scrounge the scrap heap from a guy who couldnt make it with the Yankees? No wonder the Pirates are terrible with no end in sight. And before you start talking about the Piurates not having money, hold your tongue. This is just a bad move no matter what team you are.


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