A.J. Burnett Rumors: Saturday

There was a lot of talk about A.J. Burnett on Friday, but at the end of the day we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees were separated by money. The Pirates have agreed to pick up $10 M of Burnett’s salary, while the Yankees want closer to a 50/50 split. Here are the latest rumors on the potential trade:

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates are one of four teams in on Burnett. He notes that one team is on Burnett’s no-trade list. Considering the nature of Burnett’s no-trade list, I doubt he’d waive his no-trade clause for a West Coast team. Rosenthal says that the Yankees view the Pirates as the team that makes the most sense.

  • Howie Mandelll asks…Deal or No Deal?

  • Too many people and scouts have written that Burnett’s stuff has been dropping precipitously. Plus, he is not the most clubhouse friendly person around. I’d rather see what some of the young boys can do.

  • Hopefully the Pirates aren’t negotiating against themselves.  Hard to believe anyone wants this guy.

  • Knowing the Pirates luck I can see another team getting Burnett. 

  • “most sense” should be translated to mean a team not on Burnett’s no-trade list that is actually willing to trade for Burnett and take on the greatest amount of salary.

  • I’m positive it’s going to happen, based on all reports.
     The Yankees are just posturing, so as to try to get a better semi-prospect. They will take the 10 mil from the Pirates and like it! (in the words of Ted Knight from Caddyshack).

    They know that Neal & the Bucs are being the most accomodating of any team, and I think they won’t hold out too long because they’ve dealt with Neal for good while and they know he is a fair man. They like having the Pirates around as a trading partners and won’t want to jeopardize any future dealings. Plus, Neal has been asking about Burnett since the off-season began.

    This is a far cry from the dealings Littlefield and Bonifay had with other teams. Those guys couldn’t get any team to listen them.

    I’ll be thrilled to have Burnett join the staff, and I’d seriously rather have him than Jackson anyday. I’ve followed his career from the beginning, and had A.J. on many championship fantasy teams since he threw that no-hitter as a rookie, he’s almost like an old dependable friend to me.

  • Burnett’s numbers will improve in the NL central. If the pirates can get him for the right price it will be a good deal.

  • Lets get on with it already before another club steps in during Neal’s naptime

  • Burnett would be a good addition to the staff…hopefully it gets done.

  • Neal needs to get this done

  • What if it’s the high pressure in New York that is hindering him, maybe the Bucs get the guy from Toronto…steal of the year

    • The only we we get the Toronto version is if he arrives in a Delorian driven by Michael J. Fox…

    • I think beyond the pressure of New York, the obvious factors are; he’ll be in the NL (which shouldn’t be overlooked by any stretch of the imagination), and that he’ll be leaving one of the most high powered offensive divisions to go to easily one of the weakest.  I think all of those factors will overwhelm the fact that he’s a year older.  That’s all not to mention that the only person that has stuff even close to his on the staff is Jimmy Mac.  I think this would be a great pick-up, and I would be more than willing to give up a AAAA player in Jones for him, although I know he’s already off the table.  But I’d rather see Jones leave town, than see any of the top-20 prospects shipped off.  They have the depth at first without him, and it’s not as if he’s all that good anyhow.  Look what the Yanks wanted him for; a left-handed bat off the bench.  Not a DH, not a back-up first baseman, just a bat.  That’s what Garrett Jones is worth to a worthwhile team; the 24th or 25th roster spot on the team.

      • I could not agree more.

      • I agree except for Jimmy Mac having his stuff. Burnett is a workhorse who doesn’t burn out in the 5th inning. Hopefully McDonald can learn how to pace himself by watching Burnett. McDonald needs to get past the 6th inning on a regular basis before I will call him a good pitcher.

        I also disagree in that I am thrilled we are keeping Brown. They just want salary relief so they can sign Raul Ibanez or Johnny Damon. They would have preferred Brown’s left-hand slugging though, and I don’t blame them.

        • I didn’t mean to say that J-Mac is a complete pitcher yet by any means.  “Stuff” isn’t and does not immediately translate into success or winning.  But looking at his fastball and curve combo, as well as what at times can be an above average to plus change-up (not to mention that nice little slider he started throwing near the end of the season last year when he was doing much better, which I refuse to accept as mere coincidence) his “stuff” is actually better than Burnett’s at this point in their respective careers.  Talking 93-96 at times with the fastball, low-80’s hammer curve, and the aforementioned change-up and slider, his package of pitches is far beyond the scope of last year’s staff of Correia, Maholm, and Karstens.  Charlie Morton is the only other contender with his nasty sinker, but he needs to continue to grow as well if we hope to succeed.