A.J. Burnett Rumors: Monday

The Yankees and Pirates have been discussing a deal that would send A.J. Burnett and cash to Pittsburgh for two minor league players. Four teams are in on the right-hander, but the Yankees seem to prefer the Pirates. Here are the details from yesterday, and here are Monday's rumors:

  • Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears the Yankees would do the deal if the Pirates took on more than $13MM in salary (Twitter links). So far the Pirates are offering $10MM in salary relief and two "blah" prospects, but there's a feeling the deal will get done.
  • The Yankees and Pirates are still discussing the deal and it'll probably be completed, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets. It seems likely that the Pirates will take on $13-15MM of the $33MM remaining on Burnett's contract and give up two non-roster players.

116 Responses to A.J. Burnett Rumors: Monday Leave a Reply

  1. MB923 3 years ago

    It seems likely that the Pirates will take on $13-15MM of the $33MM remaining on Burnett’s contract and give up two non-roster players.”

    I’m fine with that.

  2. roomwithamoose 3 years ago

    question to anyone if we eat salary does that count towards our payroll for luxury tax purposes?

    • It still goes against the yankees payroll but its not as much as it would be the yankees keep him. just wish they would say who the yankees are getting in return. atleast 1 of the players have to be agreed on.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      If we eat salary? You know for darn sure the Yankees are eating some of that salary lol.

      Pretty sure whatever the Pirates pay does not count towards the Yankees payroll so it wouldn’t count toward their luxury tax purposes.. Therefore their salary will decrease by about $6 million, but will go right back up when they sign a DH.

      • roomwithamoose 3 years ago

        ok just was unsure if the tax paid attention to just contracts on the roster or j how much we spend in general 

        • MB923 3 years ago

          I can’t guarantee that though. I can easily be incorrect.

          • Todd Smith 3 years ago

            You got it right.  They were just discussing this yesterday on MLB Radio.

        • MB923 3 years ago

          I can’t guarantee that though. I can easily be incorrect.

      • roomwithamoose 3 years ago

        and i knew that we were eating salary but a more general question that I always had, but have a relevant topic to ask about it haha

    • UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

      Whatever portion of the payroll the Pirates pick up gets charged to the Pirates and comes off the Yankees side of the ledger for MLB luxury tax purposes.

      • roomwithamoose 3 years ago

        ok fair enough so it pays attention to general spending as opposed to the contracts on the roster

  3. George Hareras 3 years ago

    Any chance of that 15-23 million towards Burnett going to effect the chances of resigning Cutch long term or even Walker for multiple years?

    • are either one of those two a free agent before the end of the 2013 season? cause if not then no it wont effect it because AJ is a FA after the 2013 season

  4. CSPACED25 3 years ago

    No one to blame but himself. Should’ve pitched better.

  5. Corey Farrell 3 years ago

    He didn’t put them on his 10 team non-trade list.. so he can’t be that upset. or he’s firing his agent, like yesterday.

  6. Corey Farrell 3 years ago

    He didn’t put them on his 10 team non-trade list.. so he can’t be that upset. or he’s firing his agent, like yesterday.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

       apparently it was all west coast teams on his NTC

    • CSPACED25 3 years ago

      He also probably didn’t anticipate the Pirates being willing to take on some of the money he would be owed. Shocks me honestly.

      • Super_Hero 3 years ago

         they must be pressured to spend that profit sharing money. AJ and Pittsburgh makes no sense let alone paying 10mil for him

  7. redsx968 3 years ago

    The fact that the Yanks are getting anything from Burnett is a small miracle.

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      nah. he’s not good, but he’s not that bad either…until you compare him to his contract. comparing him to his contract is what everyone in NY rightfully does, but by this point people confuse ‘awful value’ with ‘awful pitcher’. he’s only one of those two things

      aaron harang got 2/$10 this offseason. chris capuano and bruce chen got about the same. joe saunders makes as much in a year. if that’s what PIT is paying for burnett, they’re doing pretty well by market standards

      • Super_Hero 3 years ago

        Just because Aaron, Chris, and Bruce got $10 mil didn’t mean it wasn’t a mistake. Those were bad contracts. Pittsburgh is not the type of team that can absorb bad contracts. Especially with profit sharing, Pittsburgh should use the money wisely and spending 7-10 mil for a pitching down in his career is not a smart move. If AJ is not worth the money for the Yankees, he would not be worth that money anywhere. I’ll give AJ at most 5mil.

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          “i can’t read” (paraphrased)

          then this reply won’t help you. but for everyone else: aj burnett, at his worst, is worth $5M per year. he is likely to be better than his worst in pittsburgh. paying him 2/$10M is not a mistake by any rational standard

        • BrocNessMonster 3 years ago

          Those were Ned Colletti contracts, that’s what they were.

  8. redsx968 3 years ago

    The fact that the Yanks are getting anything from Burnett is a small miracle.

  9. slider32 3 years ago

    AJ really hasn’t had a bad career, 121-111 in 12 years with a 4.10 ERA and a world series championship. Better lifetime stats than Don Larsen. Plus he probably made over 100 million dollars.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      The only reason he made over 100 million dollars was because the Yankees gave him a horrible contract. I’d probably put it in the top 5 worst pitching contracts ever. But I’d still say Hampton’s was worse, possibly Zito’s also

      • slider32 3 years ago

        Most free agents are overpaid and can’t meet expectations. Baseball is a business and players get market value. Contracts today really have nothing to do with performance. Teams gamble on pitching because they need it to win. It’s a crap shoot.

      • andrewyf 3 years ago

        Nah, you also got Jason Schmidt and John Lackey. I’d even say Oliver Perez’s contract was worse, because he provided absolutely 0 value for it. There’s plenty more. I’m not even sure if he’d be in the top ten. Might even put Kei Igawa’s in there, if you factor in the posting fee. You also have Chan Ho Park, Darren Dreifort, Denny Neagle, Carl Pavano, etc. Plenty of truly awful contracts there.

  10. slider32 3 years ago

    AJ really hasn’t had a bad career, 121-111 in 12 years with a 4.10 ERA and a world series championship. Better lifetime stats than Don Larsen. Plus he probably made over 100 million dollars.

  11. johnsilver 3 years ago

    ” Better lifetime stats than Don Larsen”

    Made a career out of 1 game. Johnny Vandermeer out of 2.. amazing how many there are like that.

    • roomwithamoose 3 years ago

      would you rather have a mediocre career, but get remembered forever for one magical night, or simply a good career that fades in the background? serious question, and not really pushing people either way

      • slider32 3 years ago

        Would you rather be Wes Welker or Mario Manningham.

    • roomwithamoose 3 years ago

      would you rather have a mediocre career, but get remembered forever for one magical night, or simply a good career that fades in the background? serious question, and not really pushing people either way

    • slider32 3 years ago

      It’s unfortunate, because a player like Billy Buckner was really a good player! It really becomes random.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        LOL. Yep.. I thought of him also..

        Going back to that play… people wouldn’t even remember him had not Bob Stanley, Calvin Schiraldi etc.. melted on the mound.. Billy Buck was just the end loser and lets not forget the sure handed Geddy’s past ball…

        It was a total team efforted failure…

        • slider32 3 years ago

          The worst was Donnie Moore who commited suicide.

  12. Justanotherfantoo 3 years ago

    Posted above.

  13. 13-15 is too much if they’re giving something up in return.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      I think so too, but I’m pretty sure if that deal is correct, the players they get are probably on a scale of 1-10, rated -10.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      I think so too, but I’m pretty sure if that deal is correct, the players they get are probably on a scale of 1-10, rated -10.

  14. Mike Adamson 3 years ago

    Opinion of this deal will have to wait to see what prospects are involved. However with the Bucs picking up even more cash tells me that prospects are most likely C prospects.

    • MB923 3 years ago

      I’d say F minus prospects.

      • Mike Adamson 3 years ago

        Even better

        • MB923 3 years ago

          Not sure why the Yankees, according to yesterdays rumors, were more concerned about what players they get back. Truthfully I think it’s best to get Pittsburgh to pay as much as possible than to pay as little as possible and get medicore prospects. I think that trade that’s posted is a good deal. If they can get the Pirates to pay $13-$15 mil, whether they get players back or not, I think is a good deal for the Yankees.

          • The Yankees probably want to avoid seeming as though they’re making a salary dump without getting any return. It’s like Selig pointing to Interleague play and the wild card to fool people into thinking he’s done something positive as commissioner.

          • slider32 3 years ago

            Cashman is just trying to get the best deal possible under the circumstances. The Yanks are eating alot of money any way you slice it. Yanks are able to do this because of the money they make each year. It was much worse for a team like the Mets when they dumped Perez. The fans were happy, so it was a popular move, but in reality you are just throwing away 15 million.

  15. i think Burnett is getting under-rated this year probably because of the nyy media or whatever. his xFIP last year was his best since going to the yanks, for example. the k’s are still there despite his slight decrease in velocity on the fb.

    i think it would be cool to see him and teams think about converting him to a lights-out closer for the next part of his career, like they used to do prior to the 90s. he’d probably have a better chance at a big contract that way than as a team’s back-end starter.

  16. Victor Kipp 3 years ago

    Whatever……A.J. sucks and so do The Pirates.  This deal is nothing…

  17. The Pirates aren’t serious contenders this year, and probably not next year.  They have very little to gain by acquiring a has-been like Burnett.  Why would they take on $10 million with their tiny payroll.  That’s absurd.

    The Braves were only able to get Cleveland to eat $5 million in the Lowe trade.  Lowe’s results were awful last year, but his peripherals were much better than his ERA or W/L.  He seems like more of a bounce back candidate than Burnett, and Lowe only has one year left on his contract. A one year for flyer on a guy like Lowe for Cleveland seems like a much smarter move than a two year commitment to a head case like Burnett. 

    Its hard to feel sorry for the Pirates when they are so terribly awful with the little money they do have. 

    • Todd Smith 3 years ago

      They actually have quite a bit to gain.  If he puts up good numbers in the first half of the season – similar to what Correia did last year – the Pirates have a nice little trade chip on their hands.

      AJ Burnett: 190.1 IP, 3.86 xFIP, 1.434 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, 8.2 SO/9 
      Derek Lowe: 187 IP, 3.65 xFIP, 1.508 WHIP, 3.4 BB/9, 6.6 SO/9

      With Burnett moving to the NL, I’d rather take my chances on an improvement there.  This is a very smart move for the Pirates.  Very little risk – as even if he shows no improvement at all, he is still an upgrade to the #5 spot in the rotation.

  18. Remember92 3 years ago

    No one has mentioned this yet but I wonder if MLB is putting spending pressure on the Pirates? Because they have really been trying to spend 10-13 million more this year. A 50 million dollar floor maybe?

    • bigpat 3 years ago

       The usual suspects in terms of purging payroll had a lot of activity this offseason. I’m starting to think the same thing. Though not all of their moves were very good, and some may have looked forced, the Marlins, A’s, Pirates, and Rays added some pieces to their roster this year. Nice to see.

  19. Scott Roberts 3 years ago

    Ill give him a ride to Pittsburgh.

  20. I think the Pirates are trying to be competitive this season. With Pujols in LA and Prince in Detroit, the Cardinals and Brewers are both weaker teams. The Cubs and Astros are not going anywhere, and the Reds are the only team who have shown improvement. Plus, if Burnett succeeds and the young players make some progress, the Pirates could surprise some people. 

  21. MurderersRow27 3 years ago

    I might be one of the very few Yankees’ fans that doesn’t want to see AJ traded. Yes the contract has looked bad the last 2 years, but he was a huge piece of the 2009 championship, and he wasn’t pitching that bad the last month or so last season (don’t forget his start in the ALDS). Their other option when AJ signed was Derek Lowe, and I’m so happy the Yankees went after AJ instead of Lowe (Lowe’s stats in the offensively inept NL are worse than AJs haha). I also feel that AJ will have a better season than both Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes.

    • bigpat 3 years ago

       Then you can give us Phil Hughes, I’d prefer that :)

      Burnett is a sunk cost at this point with their starting pitching depth. The Yankees have the resources to dump an underperforming guy with two years left in his deal, so why not do it?

      Right now, they have plenty of SP depth with CC, Nova, Kuroda, Pineda, Garcia, Hughes, and the top prospects in the minors. If they can find a way to scrape up some extra cash to put the finishing touches on their roster, they have to do it.

      • ChicaOnDeck 3 years ago

        I agree with 
        MurderersRow27  sentiment in that I also think he’ll do better than Garcia & Hughes. I believe he’ll continue last year’s strong finish. The adjustments really panned out for him. Though I think it’s best for him to be traded. I would love to see him bounce back in the yankee uniform, but hate for him has reached a point where it’s counter productive. Not easy to play in that environment. In a way it reminds me of crawford. If he has a mediocore to bad year in 2012 for the sox than he’s in trouble. 

        As for Hughes. With his velocity dropping 5-7 mph from game to game or even within the same game, he’s going to continue to struggle. I see him more as a reliever.

        • slider32 3 years ago

          Pitching is very difficult to predict, Hughes could be another Ian Kennedy. He was over pitched two years ago when he won 18 games, ( Verducci list ) which hurt him last year. I would expect a good year from him as a starter this year.

          • ChicaOnDeck 3 years ago

            The fact that Hughes doesn’t have a good secondary pitch makes it that much more difficult for him to have a good year. He mainly has the fastball. Even in his 18 win season when he lead the league in run support & didn’t have great numbers (but had his wins), his pitches would get fouled off a lot because he had no out pitch. If his fb isn’t working he has nothing. As seen by his games against Texas in the playoffs.

            That’s why he’ll have more success as a reliever. I like Phil & root for him. But after watching what happens when his velocity dips & no other pitch to go to, the writing is on the wall for him. He has tried to learn various pitches, slider, curve, cutter. They come and go & he’s always working on that elusive 2nd pitch. His change up is not worth discussing either.

            Meanwhile, Nova has 4 pitches already. He learned the slider last year. It was taught to Hughes who couldn’t get it (no surprise).

  22. Hey Pirates! Look around and realize nobody else is bidding for the guy. Stand your ground. In fact, drop a million off your offer every day the Yankees say no. The 1 percenters can eat the money. You shouldn’t.

    • nictonjr 3 years ago

      But the Yanks, and NY papers, are saying 3 other teams have interest. That there’s only a 50/50 chance they trade Burnett etc.  Scott Boras can’t be the only one feeding John Heyman information.

      Anything more than $5 mil a year and the Yanks should start adding prospects.  The more money they want the Pirates to eat, the better the prospect.  Yanks are saving 1.5 times the money the Pirates take on.  Make them give you something for helping them…

    • shakeweight22 3 years ago

      IMO that’s why the deal hasn’t been finished yet. the most I’ve seen the pirates willing to offer is 10mil and two zero impact prospects. if we don’t get him were a 90+ loss team and if we do that number may be lowered by a couple so we really don’t have any reason to rush this deal. this deal could work out very nicely for the pirates at the right price but overpaying even a little doesn’t make sense for a team with such a thin margin of error

  23. James S 3 years ago

    When did the word ‘outlier’ replace ‘anomaly’ among the trend following folks?

  24. Runtime 3 years ago

    Bautista was once concidered to be a “blah” prospect in the Pirates system…

    • slider32 3 years ago

      The Mets drafted him and let him go, sometimes players just develop later. Off the subject, look at Victor Cruz and Lin.

      • Runtime 3 years ago

        I’m pretty sure Pirates drafted him, gave him up in Rule 5, went to a bazillion other teams in Rule 5, and eventually got him back in a trade

  25. Before we all bash the NL Central, unless i have Alzheimers, wasn’t the Cardinals & Brewers playing against each other in the NL Championship series?  Last time i checked, they were both NL Central teams.  Let’s not be so quick to diss the division.  Sure Fielder & Pujlos are gone, but the Central has always been getting slammed and i think it’s unfair.

    • domaug 3 years ago

      well apparently considering that the Pirates, Cubs, and Astros (for this year) are also in the NL Central, that makes them the worst division ever.  apparently.

  26. The reports say that as many as 4 teams are bidding for him.  

  27. roomwithamoose 3 years ago

    well if he succeeds in the NL central he might pssibly get a chance for a 1 year major league deal somewhere after this contract expires, so technically a more monetary brightside for him even though it greatly reduces his chances of a WS (no offense Pirates fans)

  28. he has actually stated in an interview with cnnsi that he dont mind being treated he just wants to start and that he is 100% healthy and ready to go whether its with new york or someone else.

  29. slider32 3 years ago

    The guy making 16 million the next 2 years why would he be pissed. Players are not like fans, it is a business. After 14 years in the majors he is set for life with a good pension.

  30. He’s probably happy because with the Bucs he is a guaranteed starter and with the Yankees he would be competing for the last spot in the rotation. He will be the big-name “star” in Pittsburgh as opposed to being in the shadows behind all of the other Yanks.

  31. He’s probably thrilled.  He’ll thrive in Pittsburgh. No pressure. That’s what he likes.

  32. Brad426 3 years ago

     Who minds being treated?

  33. oops traded haha

  34. oops traded haha

  35. johnsilver 3 years ago

    “Who minds being treated”

    As long as it isn’t for termites and his wooden arm 😉

    Kidding folks.. I think he will do good in the NL also..

  36. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    That’s not true..

    When you sign with a team like the yankees, with all the extra pressures that come from being in the spotlight, the trade off is having a chance to win, year in year out. 

  37. MB923 3 years ago

    Not really. He’s still making the same amount of $, and his stats are without a doubt going to improve in the NL Central. 

  38. MB923 3 years ago

    Yankees don’t receive a DH, they will sign a DH. And by signing a DH like Ibanez or Damon who both may get at least $5 mil, they only save about $7 million (very little this year though)

  39. Justanotherfantoo 3 years ago

    I don’t think the Yankees get a DH as part of this deal, just the money to pay one.

  40. Justanotherfantoo 3 years ago

    I don’t think the Yankees get a DH as part of this deal, just the money to pay one.

  41. Mike Adamson 3 years ago

    The Pirates would have to overpay any free agent to play in Pittsburgh until they start winning. I will take Burnett for 7.5 million a year if we keep all of our better prospects.

    May get it for this comment but I would rather have Burnett at 7.5 than Edwin Jackson at 11 and 3 years.

  42. Mike Adamson 3 years ago

    The NL central isn’t a very good division. The way I see it this move will do 2 things that I love. 1. Bring a player that is going to get fans excited in Pittsburgh. 2. If he’s good like I think he will be. Then we can trade him when he has more value

  43. TheRattler 3 years ago

    7.5 million isn’t too much for someone who “may” be great.  It’s a bargain if it pans out.  Check out what starting pitchers get.  7.5 million is cheap.

    Not saying Burnett will be great because nobody knows that.  I am saying that the price is entirely reasonable for a guy who most certainly will be in the top half of the rotation.

  44. Todd Smith 3 years ago

    Last year:
    Edwin Jackson: 199.2 IP, 3.73 xFIP, 1.437 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, 6.7 SO/9
    AJ Burnett: 190.1 IP, 3.86 xFIP, 1.434 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, 8.2 SO/9

    Very similar numbers.

  45. Caballo14 3 years ago

    No way the Yankees give Damon or Ibanez anything more than 1-3 mil

  46. He won in 09. He better be happy with that. 

  47. teakayfortoowon 3 years ago

    If you’re going to do that then you can’t keep the savings on there anymore, as they represent the same asset.

  48. jpg1200 3 years ago

    it’s not that they don’t have money, it’s that the new cba makes teams pay more in luxury tax if they go over the treshold so the yankees are trying to eventually get to the point that they don’t have to pay the luxury tax, its working almost as a very soft salary cap

  49. chicoe4 3 years ago

     You must not follow the Pirates.

  50. It’s a low-risk move that shows they are ready to at least pay something for free agents. Even if he sucks, they have other pitchers to throw, and it’ll just be another fourth or fifth place season.

    The prospects they’d give in this deal can’t be anyone they think has MLB potential. It’ll be something ridiculous, such as a longshot high-A outfielder and one of the AAA relievers with a broken arm they signed.

  51. matt1101 3 years ago

    He still won’t be the best pitcher on the Pirates

  52. slider32 3 years ago

    I agree, AJ doesn’t want to be the 7th starter on the Yanks this year making 16 million and neither do the Yanks.

  53. Cashman didn’t trade Montero to create space for A-Rod/Jeter to DH, he traded Montero for 5 years of control on a pitcher with ace potential.

    Whether Montero blossoms into the next Miguel Cabrera or not, he was expendable. His catching skills are mediocre at best (nearly every scout/executive in the business predicts his future will be at 1B/DH). Tex is your 1B for the next half decade and A-Rod/Jeter will presumably be eating up a few games each as the DH.

    It made all the sense in the world for Cashman to acquire a pitcher of Pineda’s caliber and simply shop from the DH bargain bin (Ibanez/Vladdy/Damon). The monster that is the Yankees line-up will inflate the stats of seemingly any batter who gets penciled in as the DH on a given night. Unfortunately, that same dynamic doesn’t work for pitchers.

    Burnett needs a change of scenery, plain and simple. He’s making what…17/year? That’s absurd! If the Pirates are able to absorb even 13 million (6.5/year) that enables the Yankees to bring in a solid DH and makes it that much easier down the road for them to acquire a marquee player.

    With Pineda on board at a VERY cheap price for at least the next 2 years, and Betances/Banuelos projecting into the 2013 yankees starting rotation (at the league minimum ~$500,000), you’ll have an estimated 30 million invested between the 3 aforementioned pitchers and CC. Such a low total for those 4 enables the Yankees to go out and heavily pursue a Lincecum/Hamels/Cain/Greinke after this season or the next.

    You should be elated that your team will soon rid itself of the plague known as AJ…

  54. Caballo14 3 years ago

    If you believe the Yankees traded Montero to clear the DH spot for Jeter and A-Rod, you really are clueless. like Ryan said, the Yankees trade Montero to get Pineda, who has the potential to be a #1 starter

  55. slider32 3 years ago

    The Yanks feel they don’t need him that’s why they are trading him. They have 6 other starters with Phelps, Warren, Mitchell, Baneulos, and Betances ready to advance as starters or relievers in the near future. At some point, you decide to go with youth, which is what they are doing. This will help to keep them under the cap in 2014. They want to filter these pitchers in the next couple of years.

  56. JacobyWanKenobi 3 years ago

     If only we could trade politicians to other countries for sucking. 😀

  57. Super_Hero 3 years ago

    If AJ “May” be great, Yankees wouldn’t be so gun-ho in trying to trade him. If you can’t win with the Yankees lineup then he won’t be “May” great with Pitt.

  58. Super_Hero 3 years ago

    There is plenty of doubt he will improve. AJ pitched in the AL for a long time. its not like he never pitched there and all of a sudden got lit up. He used to pitch well against the Yankees. Yet with the Yankees he didn’t pitch well. In other words, he faced less competition (not facing yankees) and failed. Not every pitcher that switch leagues improve numbers. AJ is the type of pitcher not to. AJ is the type of pitcher that saw his best days pass.

  59. MB923 3 years ago

    So you’re saying his numbers are going to be equally bad as they were in NY, if not worse? I’m not predicing any low to mid 3’s ERA but to think his numbers will be just as bad in Pittsburgh as they were in NY is very silly.

    He may not have faced the Yankees but he still pitched in Yankee Stadium. 

    I’d even say the worst offensive team in the AL East (toss up between Orioles and Rays) is better than every offensive team in the NL Central minus the Reds and Cardinals.

  60. Wek 3 years ago

    Pitching for the Blue Jays and pitching for the Yankees is very different. See Javier Vazques.

  61. Mike Adamson 3 years ago

    He “May” not be facing a DH. He “May” end up in the worst division in baseball. For Christ sake the NL Central made Kevin Correia a All-Star. Burnett might get the Cy Young

  62. BillJohnston3434 3 years ago

    “so technically a more monetary brightside for him even though it greatly reduces his chances of a WS”

    Actually, he probably has about the same chance of playing in a WS no matter which team he plays for, the Pirates or the Yankees.

  63. With no Fielder or Pujlos, the Pirates have as good a change than anybody in that division.  They were right there until early August last year, then injuries set in.  McCutchen, Walker, Tabata, Pedro Alvarez (if he shows why is was a #2 pic), Burnett, Bedard, Karstens, Morton, McDonald, etc.  I may be crazy, but the Pirates aren’t that far away.  Joel Hanrahan is a scary closer too.  Maybe not this year, but they have prime time prospects and pitchers just a few years away.  They will no longer be the laughing stock anymore.  Believe it or not, i’m not even a Pirates fan.  I’m a Mets fan….no jokes please.  :)

  64. I guess i shouldn’t have left out 
    Kevin Correia. He was an all-star last year, and a decent starter.  Burnett will also have no pressure in Pittsburgh either.  He can only get better than last year……you would think.

  65. domaug 3 years ago

    they don’t need him to be the best.  they need him to be a consistent contributor as a starting pitcher.

  66. slider32 3 years ago

    The Pirates are looking for upgrades in pitching and AJ fits the bill for them, this is a good trade for both teams which is what trades are supposed to be. Cashman really gets it when it comes to trading, his experience shows.

  67. slider32 3 years ago

    I’m not sure Cashman is worried about the new CBA since it doesn’t go into effect until 2014. I just think he is doing what he has done last year, trying to get younger. Once the Yanks picked up Pineda, AJ became expendable

  68. MB923 3 years ago

    Correct, that’s what I wrote in my original response to you – ”
    And by signing a DH like Ibanez or Damon who both may get at least $5 mil, they only save about $7 million (very little this year though)”

  69. slider32 3 years ago

    That’s true, MLB network had the Kuroda and Pineda moves as top five of the off season. The best thing with Pineda is his age, ability, and control. A-Rod and Jeter will be DHing more the next few years and Nunez will be filling in those spots for now.

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