A.J. Burnett Rumors: Saturday

The Pirates and Yankees have been discussing an A.J. Burnett trade recently, and yesterday we learned that Pittsburgh is reportedly willing to take on $10MM of the $33MM left on his contract. The Yankees are looking for a 50-50 split, however. Garrett Jones is off the table as well. Here's the latest on the right-hander…

  • According to a source, there's a good chance that a deal sending Burnett to Pittsburgh gets done, tweets Mark Feinsand of of the New York Daily News.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter) that the Pirates are one of four teams in on Burnett, but the Yankees feel the Buccos make the "most sense" as a trade partner. One of those four teams is on Burnett's no-trade list, which reportedly includes ten West Coast clubs. 


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139 Comments on "A.J. Burnett Rumors: Saturday"


3 years 6 months ago

50-50 split… Excuse me while I die of laughter.

Jake White
3 years 6 months ago

Not too ridiculous, Burnett’s probably a decent value at around $8M per year, which is what a 50/50 split would do… at worst, he eats innings, and his peripherals aren’t terrible… only to improve moving from AL to NL, from the best division in baseball to a lousy one.

3 years 6 months ago

I just hope New York doesn’t expect to get any players of value in return if it’s a 50-50 split.

Todd Smith
3 years 6 months ago

Even if the Pirates only pick up $10MM, I wouldn’t expect any players of value back.

3 years 6 months ago

 If someone does agree to it though, then you’ve just wasted a good laugh :(.

3 years 6 months ago

No worries, they’re a renewable resource. I’ve learned as a Pirates fan that if you can’t laugh, there’s not much else to live for.

Ian_Smell
3 years 6 months ago

Well you know, other than the Steelers and Penguins.

Hal_Jordan77
3 years 6 months ago

He said Pirates fan.  Not Pittsburgh fan. 

3 years 6 months ago

actually in my eyes the pirates didnt do to bad starting out last year. they went until what late june in the top 3 in the division? their improving, even if it is slowly but still improving.

Todd Smith
3 years 6 months ago

They were actually in first place on July 25th.  Fell to 4th place in the division on August 7th.

Todd Smith
3 years 6 months ago

On a side note… The Pirates were in first place on July 25th.  The 19 inning game against Atlanta with the Jerry Meals blown call was on July 26th.  The Pirates went on to lose 11 of their next 12 games after that blown call.  Makes you wonder if things could have gone differently if they win that game.

3 years 6 months ago

thank you, so proves my point they were not that bad last year. and with burnett maybe it could help them compete in the division. because they have some good hitters in Tabata,Alverez, Mcgehee, Barmes, mccutchen and Jones (off an on) lol

WrigleyTerror37
3 years 6 months ago

 never forget WALKER!

3 years 6 months ago

if the yankees are going to be eating most of burnetts contract they do deserve atleast one player for him. doesnt have to be one of pittsburghs top prospects but someone in return wouldnt hurt. Pedro Alverez would do lol. send Nunez or ramiro Pena to pittsburgh with burnett and the yankees taking on all but 10 million of burnetts contract would be almost fair. maybe send phelps or warren with them. it would give the pirates a young Utility player in nunez or pena, a young SP and a veteran SP for a young 3B that could take over for Arod in a year or two while Arod moves to DH.

keep in mind this is so pirate fans can have a good laugh right now. this is not to be taken serious.

bigsweens38
3 years 6 months ago

hopefully the bucs make this deal,if we could just get lee to agree to a one year deal we’d have a pretty nice team in the nl central.

3 years 6 months ago

I think Lee’s made it clear that he’d rather not play at all than suit up for the Pirates. I’d love to see him back in Pittsburgh, I just don’t think it’ll happen.

bigsweens38
3 years 6 months ago

burnett and lee have been very good friends since their days in florida and i think lee realizes he won’t see more then what the pirates offered.

Smrtbusnisman04
3 years 6 months ago

I think they’ll be fine with a platoon of Garrett Jones/Pedro ALvarez and Casey Mcgehee.

I really hope the Bucs make this deal.

bigpat
3 years 6 months ago

 I don’t want Derrek Lee on the team. They need to employ players who actually want to be there. Lee and Oswalt can go fishing together telling stories about the glory days when they were still playing baseball.

stewie75
3 years 6 months ago

i’m dying of laughter just from the fact that AJ Burnett rumors are being tracked by the day. 

pirates20
3 years 6 months ago

This is utter idiocy to me too. I suppose it’s because of the pirates being in on him. Not often a player of burnetts caliber gets dealt to the pirates regardless of his regression in recent years. All in all I hope it gets done just so everytime I turn to mlbtr it’s not the only thing worthy of reading about on the digest.

brian310
3 years 6 months ago

I hope the white Sox are one of those 4…they can use some rotation depth and can move some bad money around

3 years 6 months ago

I do too. His 12.96 ERA against the AL Central last season is right where it should be. 

brian310
3 years 6 months ago

He would effect only his starts whereas Dunn batted in the middle of the lineup almost every game striking out in critical situations only hitting homeruns when they didn’t matter

Rabbitov
3 years 6 months ago

I know you are trying to bash Dunn, but whatever he did bad last year is countered by his winning smile. 

Nick Deale
3 years 6 months ago

Twins last place in the AL Central, right where they should be.

3 years 6 months ago

I knew that if I posted that comment, I’d get negative feedback. 

3 years 6 months ago

sorry to say mauerpower and dont take this as an insult but aslong as the twins are under mauers big bust contract and have an concussed morneau that team isnt going anywhere. The twins really ruined that team and any hopes of winning the post season with the mauer contract though. no one will even want to trade for him. so for that i am sorry they put you fans through all of that.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

The Yankees want someone to take on salary, not pick up more bad salary in return.

stewie75
3 years 6 months ago

 as a cubs fan, i also hope the white sox are one of those 4.

brian310
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah because the Sox are in the NL central and what the Sox do effects the cubs…

stewie75
3 years 6 months ago

it’s called a rivalry. i love the inflection in hawk harrelson’s voice when the opposing team hits a home run or the white sox make an error.

Alex
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah because there’s no such thing as the South Side-North Side rivalry and Cubs fans definitely don’t want the White Sox to make a move that would make them worse…

3 years 6 months ago

affects not effects

Nick Deale
3 years 6 months ago

You have got to be out of your mind, you sound like a Sox hater if you suggest they try to trade for A.J. Burnett. The Sox already have enough rotation depth without trading for Burnett and furthermore why add on another bad contract? The Sox already have enough bad conracts with Rios, Dunn and Peavy.

brian310
3 years 6 months ago

Not like I stated above “move bad money” or anything

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

I doubt Cashman is considering accepting Adam Dunn for him.. However… If the NYY had an open DH slot.. Dunn could hit 50HR in that stadium…

3 years 6 months ago

Yanks are looking for a DH but I dont see it happening.

3 years 6 months ago

they do have an open DH slot for a left handed bat, but they wont take on Dunns contract, if that was the case they would sign damon for his 8+ million dollar contract he wants.

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Yankees are better off signing Damon or Ibanez than trading Burnett for Dunn.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed.. Dunn would hit mammoth shots at NY, but if they can get any salary relief and some kind of replacement for Swish after the season (if they let him leave) they would be better off.

3 years 6 months ago

they would be better off making a trade with the dodgers for andre ethier then.

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

Or a trade with the Angels for Abreu but I think if they did that the Yankees would ask the Angels to pay some of their contract.

3 years 6 months ago

Roy Oswalt who?

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

 How can we forget about good old Roy around here of late.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

My guess is, like EJax, he doesn’t want to go to Pit.

j6takish
3 years 6 months ago

I bet the Pirates end up taking on around 10mm. The Yankees need his rotation spot, and the Pirates need someone to take innings away from Kevin Correia

Nick Deale
3 years 6 months ago

The Yankees already have a full rotation without Burnett (Sabathia, Nova, Pineda, Garcia and Hughes or whoever for their 5th spot. I would dump Burnett in a heartbeat. They have one of the most ridiculous ran front offices in baseball, if I was the owner of the Yankees there is no way Randy Levine or Brian Cashman would have jobs with the team.

a36Martz
3 years 6 months ago

amazing how almost any one remembers Kuroda …

Joshua Jongsma
3 years 6 months ago

 Actually Kuroda is in there too so even with Burnett gone they still have six guys for five sports, which wouldn’t be a bad thing

3 years 6 months ago

you forgot kuroda who more then likely will be slotted in the number 2 spot in the rotation. on their website it says they dont believe pineda is ready for the number 2 spot and is better fit at number 4.

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

I’d put Pineda ahead of Nova

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

And I’m sure Kenny Williams is a genius to you, right?

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

Why, because he signed a good FA who had a good performance track record and then didn’t perform up to par? I think there are plenty of other good GMs that have had the same problem.

Todd Smith
3 years 6 months ago

Maybe the Pirates could platoon Correia on the road and Burnett at home.  Correia had a 2.64 ERA on the road last year, and Burnett has a career 2.37 ERA at PNC.

😀

PirateHopeful84
3 years 6 months ago

Derek Lee won’t sign with the Pirates…if we would give up Jones(which the rumors now are that we won’t), there’s going to be a hole at 1st base.  I say the Pirates should take on from $10-13 million of the money owed to Burnett.  What else do we got to lose?!

stewie75
3 years 6 months ago

i’d say what you have to lose would be about $10-13 million.

BitLocker
3 years 6 months ago

 Do the Pirates even have the payroll to take on 11+M?

Salmon4Coach
3 years 6 months ago

AJ to Buccos for Jones? HA made my day 

3 years 6 months ago

Get a case of beer for him and call it even! freakin head case! Its not if he falls apart, its when!!

john12121212
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t get it, such an enigmatic pitcher, ugh for any price!

3 years 6 months ago

I would like to see the Cubs send Soriano, a couple of young pitchers, and eat the salary between Burnett’s 33 million and Soriano’s 57 million.  The Yankees get a DH, some young pitching, and the Cubs get a guy who could be good in the NL Central, and a much needed spot opened up in the outfield for better National League type players.  

baseballdude
3 years 6 months ago

is that supposed to be a joke?

3 years 6 months ago

The Cubs are going to eat most of his salary anyway.  We get another pitcher, with experience, who might have a little bit left and we get rid of an aging outfielder not suited for the National League.  Soriano would probably hit well with the Yankees and Burnett could conceivably rebound for the Cubs.  Burnett is probably considered to have more value than Sori, being a pitcher, so the Cubs would maybe have to throw a little bit in to make happen.  I’ve not seen too many better deals suggested to get rid of Sori that brings a potential top notch pitcher in return.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

Not a bad idea but I seriously doubt Theo would give up a pitcher with a ceiling above that of a middle relief guy. I wonder what the consensus is of Soriano’s annual salary worth? How much would most teams value him at if he were a free agent?

3 years 6 months ago

yankees want a LEFT HANDED DH not another righty, they already have that in andrew jones and awhole lot cheaper

3 years 6 months ago

No problem.  Sign Raul Ibanez for 1 million and let them compete in spring training.  Injuries happen often. A little back up isn’t a bad thing.

llasasso93
3 years 6 months ago

Ibanez probably won’t sign for that cheap.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

at this point, he would have to. where’s the market for him right now? 

soxin10
3 years 6 months ago

This inning eating thng is still confusing me. I can eat innings for much less than 5-8 million per, much less 15-16 mill per. All you have to do is put on a blind fold and leave me in the game….like the Yankees did with Burnett, or the Sox with Lackey. I’ll give you 200 innings , 350 hits, 210 walks, 5 strikeouts,whip of 3.60, era of 16.00 and still win 10 games for the Yankees or the red sox.

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

I still don’t use innings pitched as a reliable stat. Innings pitched = Managerial decision. 

nictonjr
3 years 6 months ago

 5 strikeouts??  Soriano strikeouts 6 times in tee ball games.  You sell yourself short…

3 years 6 months ago

Why why WHYYY is Garrett Jones out of the question?  He’s not that gooooooood. Jones for Burnett and $24MM, let’s get this over with.

EnPutiza
3 years 6 months ago

Why not pay a bit extra so the Bucs can keep their first baseman. They have other options, but none better than Jones at this point.

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

Plenty of folks are asking the same thing. If moving Jones will nab the Pirates a Burnett for $5-8MM/yr, then the Pirates are comning out on top. There is no reason to suspect that AJB in the NL Central is going to be as shaky as he is playing in hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium in the AL East.

At that cost, all they need is about 1.5 WAR to call it even, and Burnett over the last three years has averaged just over 1.1 WAR already. If there is any improvement, 1.5 WAR is a lock.

MB923
3 years 6 months ago

If you take FanGraphs dollar amount seriously, 1.5 WAR is approximately $7.5 million, and there’s no way the Pirates would take $15 mil ($7.5 mil per year) of the remainder of AJ’s contract

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed, not very likely that they take on $15 MM. Though asking them to take on $12MM is not unreasonable. If the Pirates get him for $10 MM, then it’s almost a flat-out steal.

3 years 6 months ago

Why why WHYYY is Garrett Jones out of the question?  He’s not that gooooooood. Jones for Burnett and $24MM, let’s get this over with.

3 years 6 months ago

10 west coast teams? must be counting AAA too

3 years 6 months ago

I think that what is meant is the AL and NL West and possibly 1 other team—travel schedules in the Western divisions are murder.

cano24
3 years 6 months ago

AJ’s wife is afraid of flying, and they live in Maryland, so it’s probably the 10 teams furthest from there.

3 years 6 months ago

10 west coast teams? must be counting AAA too

3 years 6 months ago

The Yankees receive 10 million dollars of salary relief and a scrub prospect.
The Pirates receive Burnett.

The Pirates are saving the Yankees 8 figures and Burnett is a sunk cost.  There is no logical reason to add Jones to this deal.

As for another four teams, this is the Yankees trying to work the Pirates.  I doubt the Pirates fall for the old imaginary suitor game.

3 years 6 months ago

no they feel the yankees are the best suitors for the trade because no other team is actually willing to take on any of AJ Burnetts salary, unlike the pirates.

LordD99
3 years 6 months ago

This is just about the money for the Yankees. I don’t think they really care if they get anything back.  I’m sure they’re asking for a player back to use that as a negotiating tactic, eventually settling on a couple more million dollars.  Burnett doesn’t have a spot in the Yankees, but he can still go out and start 30+ games and deliver 190+ innings for some team.  Move him out of the AL East and to the DH-less league, and he probably can deliver league-average innings. That’s worth $5-7 million in this day and age.

3 years 6 months ago

Hey, AJ! West Coast is the Best Coast. 

slider32
3 years 6 months ago

I think AJ’s home is Maryland, that’s why he doesn’t want to go to the West Coast.

3 years 6 months ago

how long until the deal gets done…?