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CC down, Burnett next?

Posted on: December 10, 2008 6:46 pm
 

LAS VEGAS -- The expectation is, with CC Sabathia now off the board, the path is cleared for other pitchers to begin signing. And right-hander A.J. Burnett is in prime position to move quickly.

"It's hard to say," Darek Braunecker, Burnett's agent, said here Wednesday afternoon. "Obviously, that's kind of an important piece to determine what the market will bear and who remains in the mix and where the money could be headed. It's probably beneficial."

With the average annual value (AAV) of the Sabathia contract just under $23 million a year, Burnett and Derek Lowe, among others would slot in accordingly.

Meantime, even though the Yankees bumped the deal up to seven years and just over $160 million from six years and $140 million, the AAV is less. In the six-year offer, it was $23.3 million.

What does that mean? Well, for one thing, the Yankees, according to sources, remain interested in signing two more starting pitchers even after bagging Sabathia. And their resources still seem strong. The Yankees told Braunecker that Sabathia was completely separate from Burnett, and that one was not related to the other in negotiatons.

"We've known all along that they intended to sign CC and another pitcher," Braunecker said. "The deals were always independent of each other."

Meantime, Atlanta is far down the path in talks with the right-hander.

Could there be a resolution with Burnett by, say, the end of the day today?

"Anything is possible if the right deal presents itself," Braunecker said.

Still, as of midafternoon local time Wednesday, nothing was imminent. Braunecker had meeting scheduled for much of the remainder of the day.

Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2008 10:37 pm
 

CC down, Burnett next?

The big fuss is that he has electric stuff when healthy and he is available if you're willing to pay him.

Peavy is available for the right trade, but he has said he will not waive his no trade clause to go to New York.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2008 10:30 pm
 

what about peavy?

what is the big fuss over burnett? sure he had great yr last yr but i wouldnt dare put him in the same category as jake peavy.. why arent the yanks goin after peavy?




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2008 10:20 pm
 

CC down, Burnett next?

No doubt Karmic, the AL East is going to be insanely good again. Don't be surprised if the Rays sign Giambi to DH for them. He is definitely someone that can help them immensely. More pop in that lineup with a pretty sick rotation.

Tex to the Sox does not make me a happy guy because Lowell can be traded to get you some middle relief help which killed you guys last year.

The NL is looking like it could get going pretty strong with K-Rod to the Mets. The champs are in on trying to sign Lowe. The Cubs possibly getting Peavy, or maybe Atlanta looks at that trade again if Burnett ends up with NY. The Dodgers are likely to re-sign Manny at this point. Would be nice to see a solid 5 team race in each league.



Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2008 10:07 pm
 

CC down, Burnett next?

I WANT SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEETS



Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2008 10:01 pm
 

CC down, Burnett next?

Sorry, man! I am not usually that bitter and aggressive...it just boggles my mind how some people (mostly Red Sox and Yanks fans - some mets too) think that B/c we are the most active and aggressive teams that we can just go out and make luticras deals that make no talent or financial sense...like the rest of the GM's in the majors are just a bunch of mentally ill hacks and Theo aand Cashman can take whatever they want for whatever they want to.

Anyway, the stroy of the last 48 hrs has been the yanks. I agree that Golden is a sterotypical Sox fan (yanks dont buy championships anymore than the sox do) in fact when the yankees were champions in the 90's it was their farm system as theri main core with some vetern prescense sprinkled in and some over acheivors (see scott brosis). Jeter, Mo, Bernie, Jorge, Pettite, Wetland were all core guys raised through their system...than you add some veterns like Paul O'neil, Clemens, Cone, Wells, Knoblauch (though that wasnt the best experiment), and add some timely palyers like Brosis and you have yourself the making of a dynasty!! And Golden for the record I have been a life long red sox fan (grew up in NY) and Theo has absolutely used the yankees blue print from the 90's in building his teams: Pedroia, Youk, Papelbon, Lester, Ellsbury, Veritek (you mine as well make him a system guy), Wakefield (see Varitek) Nixon (in 2004) are your core system guys and then add in some veterns Damon (2004) Schilling, Pedro (he was already here) , Beckett, Drew, Bay and than get some timely play...ie Loretta, Millar, Mueller, Cabera, etc. etc. and you have the makings of a couple championships!!

As for the Yankees new stud. CC is questionably the best pitcher in baseball and every sox fan would die to have him. Granted he has not performed too well in the playoffs but the fact of the matter with Wang, Joba and possibly Burnett, Lowe, Pettite or whoever the yanks are not going to need to use him the way that the brewers and indians used him, I mean the guy had a crazy amount of CG games last year andthen at the end of the year the brewers were using him like every other hour to pitch 110 pitches...with that lineup rotation and especially bullpen (if Joba goes to it especially) they will not need him likte that.

When the red sox get texeria we will again be talking about the top two teams in baseball...and mark my words while TB will not collapse they will take a large step back.

I will gladly go to war with Beckett, Lester, Dice-K, Wakefield and Masterson/Bucholz.




Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2008 9:59 pm
 

CC down, Burnett next?

MR. Bad- do us all a favor and stop posting. You probably would be one of the idiots booing him "out of new york" after the first earned run he gives up. Get serious pal.

If he takes advantage of the three year opt out cause it probably means that he could get more than what his contract is currently worth, another words, it probably means that he has won a cy young and or a world series by then. IF SO, maybe he can Opt out. But I do not think he would get much respect opting out of the wealthiest pitching contract in MLB history.

We shall see.




Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2008 9:59 pm
 

CC down, Burnett next?

MR. Bad- do us all a favor and stop posting. You probably would be one of the idiots booing him "out of new york" after the first earned run he gives up. Get serious pal.

If he takes advantage of the three year opt out cause it probably means that he could get more than what his contract is currently worth, another words, it probably means that he has won a cy young and or a world series by then. IF SO, maybe he can Opt out. But I do not think he would get much respect opting out of the wealthiest pitching contract in MLB history.

We shall see.




Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2008 9:57 pm
 

CC down, Burnett next?

Burnett has more of an injury history that Sabathia and has a winning percentage over .700 in the AL east? Why are you even thinking he would be another Pavano? Plus he spent the majority of his career in the AL, only 2 or 3 months in the NL!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2008 9:51 pm
 

CC down, Burnett next?

This is the same old crap, the rich get richer and the poor stay poor. I cannot understand why baseball is the only sport with no salary cap, ridiculous.  There is no way to justify letting 4-5 teams get the best players every year. By allowing this, there is no accountability to the decision makers, or GMS in other words. The Dodgers can waste 34 million on Andrux Jones and have no repercussions from such a stupid decison. If this was done in football, it could set a team back for a couple of years. Just look at what the UAW did to the auto industry, Is baseball going to let the union destroy them also. I play fantasy, but watching real baseball is a horrid experience now for me.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2008 9:47 pm
 

CC down, Burnett next?

Karmic, easy buddy. Try a little de-cafe.

Haha, I'm just playing, I gave you 5 stars for your rant because it does crack me up when people talk about trades that make a ton of sense for there own team but none at all for the other. You sound like my best friend who is a Sox fan and we have some great baseball conversations.

Have a good one.


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