Possible Fits For A.J. Burnett

1:40pm: The Pirates have spoken to the Yankees about Burnett, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, "though those conversations failed to progress and perhaps qualified only as due diligence."  Rosenthal says that Burnett hopes to stay with the Yankees, but notes that the Pirates are not on his no-trade list.

8:05am: Righty A.J. Burnett has provided innings for the Yankees over the last two years, 377 in the regular season to be exact.  His peripheral stats suggest a brighter future, but Burnett posted a 5.20 ERA over 2010-11.  How does the free agent market deal with starting pitchers who provide innings and good stuff but lack the hoped-for results?

The free agent market just valued Edwin Jackson at $11MM for one year, but his ERA over the last two years is a full run lower than Burnett's, and with 32 additional regular season innings.  He does seem to have Burnett's reputation of good stuff without the results to match, though Jackson is significantly younger.  Had Jackson set out to find the best two-year offer possible, perhaps he could have gotten $20MM.  A year ago, Carl Pavano signed for two years and $16.5MM, and he too was coming off a better two-year performance than Burnett.  Pavano, however, lacks the upside of Burnett or Jackson.  The bottom line is that as a free agent, I think Burnett might find $12MM if he were set on a two-year deal.

Word from Joel Sherman of the New York Post is that the Yankees are "quietly — but diligently — still working to trade" Burnett to create additonal payroll flexibility for both Eric Chavez and one of Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, or Raul Ibanez.  GM Brian Cashman lacks leverage, as Burnett hasn't pitched well over the last two seasons and will be battling this spring to crack the Yankees' rotation.  So if Burnett's free agent value is around $12MM over two years, Cashman might have to let a team take him for $8-10MM over that span.  That could be the possible savings for the Yankees against the $33MM owed to the 35-year-old.

Possible fits for Burnett:

  • Pirates: The Pirates can't seem to convince free agent starters to take their money, and Burnett could reject them as well if they are one of ten teams covered in his limited no-trade clause.   Still, they'd represent a fresh start back in the easier league, and Burnett could be a big fish in a small pond.
  • White Sox: If the White Sox add Burnett, they'd have the rotation depth to trade Gavin Floyd for prospects without decimating their rotation.
  • Orioles: Their rotation has plenty of options, but without Jeremy Guthrie, the veteran role falls to Jason Hammel.  Burnett's wife is famously a Maryland resident, as we learned from past trade rumors and his free agency process.  Burnett could work for the Orioles, but only if they found some payroll flexibility, had the desire to add yet another rotation candidate, and Cashman was willing to trade within the division.
  • Athletics: When Bartolo Colon is your innings guy, a little more veteran depth wouldn't hurt.


153 Responses to Possible Fits For A.J. Burnett Leave a Reply

  1. bobbleheadguru 3 years ago

    Tigers seem like a near perfect fit. They are looking for a veteran 11-11 innings eater like Brad Penny was last year. Only 2 problems:

    1.They want this veteran to go to the pen (long relief) if things work out with one of their younger pitchers.

    2. Burnett’s price is too high.  They will likely go $3M/year tops. I suppose they might bite if the trade included Brandon Inge.

    • Since_77 3 years ago

      I think Ca$hman would go for this deal but I can’t see it happening because the Yanks and Tigers are post season rivals.

    •  I doubt a trade to Detroit is a fit. The Yanks don’t want Inge and more salary. This is a salary dump for a mid level prospect. Also Yankees will eat 13 million of the 2 years remaining but no more.

      •  If you mean $13MM/year, something may get done. No one’s taking Burnett at 2/$20MM.

        -C

  2. Parker Abdo 3 years ago

    Trade him to Anaheim for Vernon Wells :)

  3. BG2310 3 years ago

    Soriano for Burnett? Yankees DH solved

    • The Cubs are not making a trade for AJ Burnett. The Cubs are trying to cut salary and get younger. Burnett makes more money than Soriano and he’s in his mid-30’s. Also, Burnett wouldn’t make the rotation when the Cubs have an excess of starting pitchers. Returning starters include Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells. Then add in the the young guys they’ve signed or traded for in Malhom, Volstad and Travis Wood and that’s six starters already. Just because it would be trading a bad contract for a bad contract doesn’t make it a good trade. Burnett’s contract is worse and he doesn’t fit the mold of what Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are trying to do in order to build this team for the future.

      And that is just on the Cubs side. The Yankees don’t want Soriano either. They want a cheap lefty that hits for average. Not an over-paid, right-handed slugger.

      • BG2310 3 years ago

        Burnett + Banuelos and Betances for Garza + Soriano ?

        • Cubs don’t want old players. Yankees don’t want an expensive DH…Not. Going. To happen. Period.

          • BG2310 3 years ago

            Word, was just throwing out a scenario. I didn’t think about the Yankees short porch in right.

        • lol, why would the Yankees do that?

          • BG2310 3 years ago

            Garza is a legit #2 with success in the AL East. Banuelos and Betances have not proven anything to this point. I am a Cubs fan, so I admit a bias

          • and yet banuelos and betances are also top prospects. sorry to say unless the cubs had king felix and were trading him the cubs will never see those prospects landing in chicago, not even for garza. obviously

          • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

            In the AL East he has not pitched like a “true #2″.

        • captainjeter 3 years ago

          are you  kidding?

          • BG2310 3 years ago

            About Garza being a legit 2, or Banuelos and Betances not being proven?

          • about including Soriano. The Yanks will not take him back. Horrible player, even more horrible contract.

          • BG2310 3 years ago

            I just want him out of Chicago! I guess I was dreaming.

          • Hallucinating is more like it.

          • cyberboo 3 years ago

            How many major league innings have Banuelos and Betances thrown?  If the answer is zero, they are unproven and a huge question mark.  The top prospects in baseball have fizzled and disappeared over the years.  Until they prove they belong in the majors, they are UNPROVEN – period and anyone saying otherwise is an idiot.  lol.   The minors and majors are like night and day.   Totally different and no one should confuse success in the minors with the majors.  Many fail and are never heard from again. lol.  

        • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

          Can’t see the Yanks trading away Bets and Bans for Garza anyway, especially since they have CC/Kuroda/Pineda/Nova/Hughes/Garcia left.

      • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

        The deal doesn’t make sense for either side in terms of on field production but FOR THE RECORD, Soriano is owed 3/$54 while AJ is owed 2/$33 mil so you are wrong in the ”
        Burnett makes more money than Soriano and he’s in his mid-30’s” statement. Again, it wouldn’t make sense for either team in terms of production BUT AJ is still cheaper than Soriano. Realistically it would defeat the purpose, from the Cubs perspective, for them to send $$$$ to the Yanks to balance out the difference. Not happening at all and it shouldn’t.

    • the yankees want a lefty not a righty.

  4. Is the possibility that Burnett has a bounce back year completely out of the realm of possibility?

    • Tirameenlasbolas 3 years ago

      Yes.

    • The gut says no but the numbers say yes: 3.69 xERA, 49% groundballs, 2.1 K/BB. He basically needs more luck, luck hasn’t been on his side over the last 2 years.

    • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

      Not it absolutely isn’t. He still throws hard and he induces a good amount of GB. He is simply an enigma rapped in a conundrum. His stuff simply doesn’t translate into positive number. Good xFIP..horrible ERA.

  5. Marc C 3 years ago

    I would trade him to Baltimore for Gary Thorne.  The Yankees are supposed to be the first class organization of baseball, yet I can’t imagine it being possible to find worse announcers than John Sterling and Susyn Waldman.  They are horrific.  Gary Thorne is the guy who called Mattingly’s big HR in 1995.  That call still gives me chills.  But he just calls a good game.  He’s not more into his catchphrases than the game, and he knows when to shut up and just let the crowd noise take over.   Plus, the idea of trading for an announcer is damn funny.

    • Lastings 3 years ago

      Not nearly as funny as trading for Vernon Wells and taking on his massive contract…

    • stevekc43 3 years ago

      I so agree with this post. Sterling and Waldman are terrible.

    • Chillin_in_California 3 years ago

      Yankees win. THE YANKEES WIN

      Plus their homerun calls are stupit like Its an A Bomb by A ROD or mark texiera sends a text message into the seats, You’re on the mark texiera.

      • roomwithamoose 3 years ago

        just imagine if Barry Bonds was on the Yankees we’d have to hear something terrible like Barry Bombs! or something to that extent

      • chico65 3 years ago

        “Stupit”

        Seriously, you’re killing me man

  6. Jeffrey Parker 3 years ago

    As an Orioles fan, no thanks. O’s have made numerous runs at him in the past and he has balked, so I want no part of him in Baltimore.

    • Rabbitov 3 years ago

      Yankees signed him for $82.5 mil .  .  . 

    • I say bring him to Baltimore.

      Beggars can’t be choosers, right?

      • He’d probably do a lot better in a place where he wasn’t being expected to shoulder such a huge responsibility. As many people have said in these pages, the location that most affects AJ Burnett is the six inch gap between his ears.

  7. soxin10 3 years ago

    I think the word “innings eater” can be misleading. Teams like the Red Sox and Yankees that score 8 runs a game can allow guys like Burnett and Lackey to stay in after giving up 6 runs after 6-7 innings. Does anyone beleive that if Brunett or Lackey pitched on the A’s, Pirates, Orioles or any team with an average offense they would be left in past the 4th inning when they have given up a bunch of runs? in 2011 half of Burnett’s wins were when the Yanks scored 6 or more, Lackey, 11 of his 12 wins were when the sox scored 6 or more. Do the White sox really want to take on Burnett and give up Floyd?

  8. elijah82 3 years ago

    No one’s taking Oswalt for crying out loud. Who’s going to take Burnett?

    • The money isn’t apples-to-apples, of course: If Yanks ate most of the contract, Burnett might be perceived as a better value. If nothing else, the array of potential suitors (speaking only in terms of affordability) is considerably wider for Burnett.

  9. The Angels, Rangers and Cardinals are all in the running for Oswalt. He is making up his mind on where he wants to pitch. It’s not that no one wants him.

  10. Peter Angelos paying AJ Burnett for 2 years at 16.5 MILLION per season, Hahahahaha!
    You must be speaking of a different Peter Angelos! The Peter Angelos that I know and disdain wouldn’t even pay for half of that. As for me I wouldn’t even want him (Burnett) even if the Yankees gave him to us for free! Although, I do have to say this from I read about Cashman this past week and have observed from Duquette since he’s taken over the Orioles, those two birds deserve each other! So I could see a deal getting done now.
    PS I was watching MLB Network last night and they were discussing the Orioles possible picking up Manny Ramirez. The final question on the matter was “Would you sign Manny Ramirez”?
    Answers and commentary are as follows
    Dan Pleasac. No! I knew there was a reason why I like him as an analyst!
    Sean Casey. No! I don’t know him that well, but I like him. Thumbs Up!
    John Hart. Yes, he would sign him. Well John, you’re now a “SpineLess Jellyfish” in my eyes now! No Soup for you ever again, you’re on my list!

    • jb226 3 years ago

      Somebody is a spineless jellyfish for not agreeing with your conclusions on a player?  Spineless would be going “no!  I mean yeah I would, but I don’t want that Lefty fella on the Intertubz mad at me!”

    • lefty177 3 years ago

      I think the only reason John Hart said yes was b/c wasn’t he the Indians’ GM when they signed Manny? He probably still has a mancrush on him

    • PeanutTheKidnapper 3 years ago

      The Yankees would have to eat the majority of AJ’s contract, but the O’s already have more than enough options for the rotation. 

  11. How about the Softbank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League?  It seems like the perfect place for Burnett.

    • He’d probably be friggin’ awesome in Japan, and everyone would look foolish in hindsight over how it all went down in NY — including him.

    • tiger313 3 years ago

      That team would be amazing with AJ and Penny.

      • Ian_Smell 3 years ago

        Heck, if they sign Pudge they’d pretty much have the core of the 03 Marlins.

  12. captainjeter 3 years ago

    The  only way I see this happening is if the Yankees are willing  to eat  around 17-19 million of Burnett’s remaining  33 million contract. That  would save the Yankees  between 14-16  million and the other team would be left  with a starter  making  around 7-9 million  a year for the next  2 years. For  a starter that is cheap.
    Burnett  belongs back in the NL , where he gets an automatic out in the other pitcher and in alot of cases  the catchers. He needs to go back to a  team where the media is not as  bright so he  can fly under the  radar as he did  with the Marlins and Jays.
    I don’t think Cashman is against trading within the divison. The problem with the Orioles is that their owner  still holds a grudge  against  George and most likely would  never allow any trade with the Yankees.
    I would rather  see him traded to other  NL teams and besides including 17-19 million of  his salary, maybe include 1-2 very good prospects , so that Cashman could get something of value back.

    • andrewyf 3 years ago

      Why would Cashman trade prospects along with Burnett? What would he want to get back? The only real Yankee needs for 2012 are at DH, and that’s the easiest ‘position’ to fill via FA.

      • captainjeter 3 years ago

        why? to help  build the future. We need to be concerned about  who repaces A Rod and Jeter. And if they can’t  sign Cano after next year, that could be a  problem.
        You never have too much. You keep the best for your own team and trade the  excess  to solve other  issues.

        • Nick 3 years ago

          So you want the Yankees to strengthen the farm system by trading prospects?  Logical!

    • andrewyf 3 years ago

      Why would Cashman trade prospects along with Burnett? What would he want to get back? The only real Yankee needs for 2012 are at DH, and that’s the easiest ‘position’ to fill via FA.

    • MetsEventually 3 years ago

      Are you kidding me? How does a 4.79 ERA,1.447 WHIP, 16 million dollar contract get you 1-2 good prospect? “Very good prospects” mean Top 50 list guys, which Burnett is NO WHERE near that value. They would be lucky to get a 25 year old A ball player out of him. 

  13. Let_Timmy_Smoke 3 years ago

    I think Burnett would be

  14. Possible AJ destinations….Miami, St Louis, Atlanta, Washington, Milwaukee, White Sox, Oakland, Seattle and Cleveland. I think these are the teams Cashman is having extensive talks with about Burnett.

    • tiger313 3 years ago

      Cashman is having “extensive” talks with 1/3 of the league?

    • not to mention washington isnt looking to add another SP. their rotation is set already and have 7 starters to work with. so i highly doubt they make a move for burnett

    • Atlanta has zero use for Burnett. If they wanted Burnett now, why wouldn’t they have just kept Lowe instead??

      -C

    • TheHotCorner 3 years ago

      Atlanta?  Not a chance.  Makes no sense.  They could have kept Lowe and given up nothing in return.  Not going to happen.

  15. JaysNesan 3 years ago

    Toronto would be an ideal place for AJB. He did well in Jays uniform. If Yankees are willing to eat 2/3 of his contract, I think AA could consider him. Jays are looking for a vetern innings eater to their young rotation.

    • tdot32 3 years ago

      let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you’re not joking and you’re being serious… how is trading for a bad pitcher going to solve anything?

      • JaysNesan 3 years ago

        He is under tremendous pressure to perform well in front of fan(atic)s and autocratic owners. Always his performance is compared with CC. Boston and NY rivalry also plays huge part in his performance.
        You won’t see any of this affect his performance in Toronto

  16. Let_Timmy_Smoke 3 years ago

    Look, there’s no way to argue that Burnett isn’t cutting it in the Bronx.  But I think looking at his ERA the last few years and just writing him off as a bum is a mistake. 

    Some pitchers, for whatever reason, have a track record of success, fail in NY, and then go back to their old winning ways once they leave.  Most recent examples have included Javy Vazquez and Carl Pavano.  I think AJ would be one of these guys.  The stuff is still there (8.18K/9), he’s just inconsistent, wild, and gives up the big innings too often with the Yanks.  Those seem to go hand in hand with temperament.

    As lousy as his 5.15 ERA looks, his xFIP last year was 3.86.  That’s on par with what Ryan Vogelsong put up (his ERA was 2.71) and better than Ervin Santana, Ivan Nova, Shaun Marcum, and Mark Buehrle’s. 

    So we’re looking at a guy who was about a 3.85ERA kind of guy before he went to the Bronx, who hasn’t gotten it done there, but his peripherals have maintained.  To say that Burnett could get traded and put up a 4.00 ERA is not ludicrous.

    Do you think there’s a market for a guy who can pitch 200 innings, strike out 8 a game, with a conservative estimated ERA of 4.25?  Especially if the Yanks would either kick in salary offset, or seek a lower package in return for shedding salary?

    • soxin10 3 years ago

      Burnett has been in MLB for thirteen years. Take away his contract year 18-10 record with Toronto and you basically have a .500 pitcher. Peripheral stats may be one thing, but at the end of the day, a man making that much money has to produce. He is 34 years old, not 26 so his upside is limited and it is hard to explain his losing record in NY on a team that wins about 95 games a year. Could he come back, possibly, but he is not getting younger and his control is not improving, his whip is trending higher so how much would you pay?

    • You know that’s all very interesting and quite frankly a well written piece; however Bartolo Colon and even Freddy Garcia both outpitched Burnett in 2011. I still don’t want Burnett and would be more than happy to see the Yankees continue to eat his bad contract and watch them suffer in the standings because of it.
      PS@ JB: This Youtubz fella isn’t mad at John Hart, I just was disappointed in him. I am also very disappointed in Duquette and Angelos if that makes you feel any better.

      • suffer in the standings? ummm you do realize they have won a world series and won the division with him in their rotation right? i dont know what standings your looking at.

  17. Brian 3 years ago

    Burnett for Zito!!!! Please?

  18. sportsnut969 3 years ago

    Yankees Trade

    AJ —  Yankees pays for 6 mil this year and 6 mil next year of AJ’s contract + Swisher — Yankees pay 3 mil of Swishers contract this year.  TO Cleveland for Hafner DH + Brantley LF / CF ( future Lead-off guy )

    In this move the Yankees also Save approx 13 mil this year & 10 Mil in payroll next year.

    The Indians still looking for another starter and they have talked to the Yankees several times about a deal for Swisher since the winter meetings but have yet to work a deal out.

    This move also frees up the cash to go out and sign Ibanez + another body if they need to.

    •  The Yankees will be lucky to trade away Burnett with the other team paying $6MM/year. They aren’t going to get MLB players for him, either.

      -C

    • Let_Timmy_Smoke 3 years ago

      Seems like the Yanks’ focus on getting rid of Burnett would be in shedding salary so they could sign a DH to platoon with Jones.  So I don’t think they’d be asking for too much.  Maybe a reliever. 

      Were I to do a deal with the Tribe involving Burnett and I ate quite a bit of salary, I’d ask for a LHRP like Hagadone or Perez.  Otherwise, maybe go after a SS prospect like Wolters or Ronny Rodriguez.

    • captainjeter 3 years ago

      12 milion of  the remaining 33 is not  going to cut it. More likely, Yankees would have to send around 17-18 million to the other team. No team is  picking up  21 million.

    • udenginerd 3 years ago

      Um… No. The Indians are looking for controllable pieces moving fwd. Brantley is the only player the Indians can control in that OF for years to come. Sizemore won’t be back next year and Choo will get way more money than the Indians are willing to pay. Nix Swisher and Brantley from the equation and they may be interested. What world do you live in where the Indians are willing to take on bad/expensive contracts?

      • udenginerd 3 years ago

        I mean think about it… The Indians are paying Lowe $5mil and Atlanta is paying the other $10mil. So the Yanks would need to eat easily 2/3 of Burnetts salary to make it happen.

  19. JacobyWanKenobi 3 years ago

     Just send him down to AAAA Pittsburgh. He has options left right?

  20. macdice 3 years ago

    Burnett to Seattle for Chone Figgans.  

  21. HARRISON ROSE 3 years ago

    I don’t understand why the White Sox would have any interest in him. They already have a full rotation, they are trying to cut payroll, and they have nothing to trade in exchange for him unless the Yankees are willing to take Alex Rios.

  22. Isn’t all this speculation pre-mature? Factor in the possibilities that A) Burnett could be traded. B) Burnett could get hurt or totally tank it. C) The market could change. D) The US economy could collapse so far as even the Yankees could be affected.

    Personally, I think they will trade him at some point in the season, regardless of their W/L record. Someone is likely to give NY some youth in exchange for a veteran arm.

  23. UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

    Come on only 4 fits for AJ?  What about the Red Sox?  It’s not like their cup runneth over with starters they can count on to give them innings. 

  24. im curious on why i keep reading soriano for burnett or wells for burnett. you guys must only read what you want to read. because the yankees have clearly said they are looking for a LEFT HANDED hitter.

  25. Dave Pierce 3 years ago

    Still think Pirates make some sense if he’s willing. Low risk, some reward. LOL at thought of Bedard and Burnett together.

    • JacobyWanKenobi 3 years ago

       I know a man who is a good school nurse and psychiatrist. They could save by just hiring the one man. :)

  26. Jay Briwn 3 years ago

    If anaheim had not bought everyone up recently, i’d try to see what we could do to get abreu… 

  27. Jay Briwn 3 years ago

    If anaheim had not bought everyone up recently, i’d try to see what we could do to get abreu… 

  28. Let_Timmy_Smoke 3 years ago

    DO you think Yanks could get Seth Smith from the As?

    • Snoochies8 3 years ago

      hahaha god i hope this is sarcasm

      if not….wow….no

  29. lefty58 3 years ago

    Interesting that they only see fits for Burnett with (projected) last place teams. That says an awful lot about him.

  30. Victor Kipp 3 years ago

    Seriously….. This guy is the king of bums. He has been overrated his whole career. He has had 1 good year. Why any te would want to do the Yankees a favor on this one is beyond me. He has no “upside”. He flat out sucks.

  31. JimBaily 3 years ago

    Anyone think it’s a coincidence that the two biggest tools in the game are both named AJ or is there something more to it?

    • lefty58 3 years ago

      Although close, AJ Burnett may an even bigger “tool” than Pierzynski.  But not by much.

  32. JimBaily 3 years ago

    Anyone think it’s a coincidence that the two biggest tools in the game are both named AJ or is there something more to it?

  33. Josh Conn 3 years ago

    It was rumored here a few weeks back that the Pirates might be interested if the Yanks were to pick up a sizable majority of the contract owed.  If the Yanks would be willing, and from the sounds of it they would, as a Pirate fan I would be just fine with the idea as long as they are not giving up a top-level prospect.  They absolutely need a veteran leader and guy who can throw some innings for you:  that was supposed to be Kevin Correia, but he had a horrible 2nd half and is primarily a 6 inning pitcher.

    • JaysNesan 3 years ago

      Top free agents must think twice before signing with big markets team like Yankees. In the end, they will end up with teams like Pirates, Orioles..

    • Let_Timmy_Smoke 3 years ago

      never hurts to ask for the sky, then work your way down.  I’d ask for Hanrahan for AJ.  Yes, he’s the closer for the Bucs, but they also picked him off the Nats’ scrap heap a few years ago, and Veras among others could replace him. 

      In terms of prospects, I’d ask for Grossman or Heredia, and probably settle for Morris and Mercer.

      • Pirates traded Veras To Brewers for Mcghee.  Chances are it will be go G. Jones.  Yanks want a left bat that can play in the outfield.  Thats Jones. 

      • pjpjr6 3 years ago

         He’s not worth any of what you’d ask for.

        You’ll get Garrett Jones & like it.

  34. I still like the AJ for Bay deal that has been floated by Buster and other blog sites. Bad contract for bad contract. They need anyone that can toss a ball at 90+ and we need a bat (although a lefty bat was preferable)

  35. udenginerd 3 years ago

    AJ Burnett + $16mil for Travis Hafner. Yanks get their LH bat they want and we know Hafner is a DH. Tribe gets a back of the rotation guy for $8.25 mil per year. Could fill in for Hernandez (aka Carmona) this year and Lowe will be gone next year year, so he could be your veteran 5th starter in 2013. Hafner makes $13mil this year and has a $2.5mil buyout for 2013. The Indians can then give Duncan, Canzler, Kotchman, Santana all time at 1B/DH/LF when Sizemore eventually gets injurred or needs a rest or when the better defensive catcher (Lou Marson) starts. 

  36. Eduardo Medina 3 years ago

    Send the guy to JAPAN already

  37. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    Another team that could be interested in Burnett? Nippon Ham Fighters.

  38. UltimateYankeeFan 3 years ago

    I have to ask.  Who is the “guest” poster on page 1 that had all his comments removed?

    • ellisburks 3 years ago

      When a comment is removed they take the name off too and it becomes Guest.

  39. The Yankees getting rid of AJ Burnett will be a late Christmas / early birthday present for me. When they DO get rid of him, I will have a celebration party. Bust out the champagne and honour one of the greatest moments in Yankees history.

  40. MetsEventually 3 years ago

    New York Mets. For Jason Bay. 

  41. stovin 3 years ago

    Getting AJ would be huge for the Orioles.

  42. ObamaDinoKiller 3 years ago

    why would a rebuilding white sox team want a crap player making a ton of money so they can trade a good pitcher???? someone’s reaching…

  43. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    I wouldn’t mind Burnett to the A’s if he only had one year left on his deal, and the a’s only had to pay say, $8 million of it, but since he has two years left ehhhh i’m not too sure about them picking him up

  44. safari_punch 3 years ago

    How could the Yankees let a true leader like AJ Burnett go? 

  45. SixAces 3 years ago

    You know what would be a good fit for Burnett? As a vendor in the stands. Luckily they don’t throw the peanuts and ice cream anymore though, can you imagine Burnett throwing peanuts and hitting the kids in the face?

  46. I think AJ would be a good fit back in Miami. They have been spending the money lately and he already has had some success in Miami. 

  47. If I was the angels I’d do an AJ for Abreu trade, unite AJ and CJ and maybe even pick up BJ for some bullpen help! I’d always wanted this spectacular combination (AJ, BJ, and CJ) to be assembled in Texas, and it’s quite a posibility in Anaheim this season, Make it happen Jerry!

  48. Mike H 3 years ago

    Consider also the addition by subtraction effect not having AJ on the roster might provide. It seems like at times he has kept his spot in the rotation on the strength of his paycheck alone, when there are better, cheaper options available. Trading Burnett would help more than just the bottom line.

  49. andrewyf 3 years ago

    Go listen to the White Sox broadcasting team and get back to me. Hawk Harrelson is worse than any single broadcasting team combined.

  50. how are they awful? because their not like the rays,whitesox,rangers or even the redsox announcers and bash every team except their own? id rather listen to kay,oneil and John then any of those guys from those teams

  51. roomwithamoose 3 years ago

    Kaat and O’neill aren’t too bad, but yeah the rest are just awful.

  52.  Oh yeah, just like Mark Buehrlez

  53. Two things that (understandably, at this point) don’t get mentioned that much about Burnett are, first, he’s considered an outstanding clubhouse guy — the door-hand incident notwithstanding — and, second, he’s cowboy’ed up in two of the three biggest games he’s pitched for the Yanks: Game 2 of the ’09 WS, and the rubber game of a Labor Day weekend set in Boston last season, when the Yanks hadn’t taken a series from the Sox all year. His only stinker in a truly high leverage start was in the ’10 LCS against the Rangers.

    I’m not saying the Yanks shouldn’t trade him; at this point I’d probably trade him for *any* salary savings above about five mil, total — but he just might be a little more valuable than he’s allowed people to give him credit for.

  54. Two things that (understandably, at this point) don’t get mentioned that much about Burnett are, first, he’s considered an outstanding clubhouse guy — the door-hand incident notwithstanding — and, second, he’s cowboy’ed up in two of the three biggest games he’s pitched for the Yanks: Game 2 of the ’09 WS, and the rubber game of a Labor Day weekend set in Boston last season, when the Yanks hadn’t taken a series from the Sox all year. His only stinker in a truly high leverage start was in the ’10 LCS against the Rangers.

    I’m not saying the Yanks shouldn’t trade him; at this point I’d probably trade him for *any* salary savings above about five mil, total — but he just might be a little more valuable than he’s allowed people to give him credit for.

  55. Certifiably. B & B would be worth more than all the other players being discussed in this scenario *put* *together*.

  56. Unlikely, yes, but not impossible.

  57. I hadn’t realized these were team-controlled decisions? I always thought the announcers worked for the networks, and they made their own decisions about this stuff.

  58. vtadave 3 years ago

    Pretty sure he was joking.

  59.  A decent comp is Derek Lowe, who had similar struggles (he was actually better than Burnett the past two years). Signed at the same time at fairly similar amounts, with Burnett getting an extra year.

    If the Braves could only manage to get rid of Lowe while eating 2/3 of his remaining salary, what makes the Yankees more likely to do better??

    -C

  60. not to mention game 4 of the 2011 ALDS he pitched a 5 2/3 innings of 4 hit 1 run ball and the yankees won 10-1. if it wasnt for that game then they would have been done in detroit.

  61. lefty177 3 years ago

    John Sterling

  62. roomwithamoose 3 years ago

    John Sterling, and he’s just terrible. Seriously…Though Kay is totally attempting to take the crown of the worst. I cringe when I  hear him yell “an A bomb for Arod” 

  63. Vmmercan 3 years ago

    It’s John Sterling who says “Yankees’ win”. He is the radio guy. Michael Kay is the TV guy who says “See ya”.

  64. tiger313 3 years ago

    In Michigan, sometimes I can catch White Sox games on tv, and its probably the best excuse to take a nap. 

  65. Jay Briwn 3 years ago

    I miss Kaat, he was amazing. Singleton and Cone are pretty good though, you gotta admit

  66. chico65 3 years ago

    If I’m the Yanks I trade him to a likely playoff team so I get the chance to face him

  67. xcal1br 3 years ago

    We traded Soriano to the White Sox????  YES!!!!   /s

  68. Philip Marlowe 3 years ago

    Hahaha I had the same thought.

  69. bobbleheadguru 3 years ago

    Very low chance that Burnett would move ahead of Tigers Big 4: Verlander, Fister, Scherzer, Porcello … barring injury… which means low chance that he would pitch in playoffs.

  70. sportsnut969 3 years ago

    13 mil The Indians have tried a couple of times to deal for Swisher this off season according to several sources.

    This might be the only way to make the deal happen they have Duncan / Canzler that could slide into the DH role and several options for LF to include LaPorta if he has actually worked out his hitting issues this off season with hitting coach Bruce Fields like Manager Manny Acta said he had in one of the Indians winter mall stops.

    IMO this could be a win win for both teams IMHO I would like to have the yankees eat a little more of AJ contract but I do not believe they will be willing to since Edwin Jackson just signed for 11 mil.

    I saw AJ pitch several times when with the Jays and I would hope that getting out from under the media crash of New York may help him return to pre Yankee form.

  71. lefty177 3 years ago

    I’m not a Yankee fan either, I’m actually a Saux fan, we have Dan Orsillo & Jerry Remy, I’d take those 2 any day of the week over Sterling & Waldman

  72. PhillyT 3 years ago

    Dunn had one bad off year. AJ Burnett had two. Burnett was at best is a 3.70-4 ERA guy. Dunn was a consistent 40 HR and 100 RBI guy up until last year. Dunn has so much more value than Burnett. Rafael Soriano for Chone Figgins…? you serious? Soriano didnt even have a terrible season, he was just injured. Figgins was perfectly healthy for the past 2 years but still sucked. You want to trade a pitcher that has the potential to be an elite closer for a bench player? Are you really a yankee fan.

  73. Burnett is toast in this league, the Sox have enough bad contracts, if they were gonna spend that kind of money they’d have signed Roy Oswalt.

  74. FillyPhan 3 years ago

    I still think Blanton is more movable than AJ.

  75. ellisburks 3 years ago

    Really? The Sox have never coveted AJ. And he would be about 7th on the list of probably Red Sox starters like he is on the Yankees.

  76. NickinIthaca 3 years ago

     “Marky sends a Teix message” is probably my least favorite.  It makes me want to punch myself in the ear…

  77. the yanks will even throw in the bag

  78. lefty177 3 years ago

    “You’re on a Mark, Teixeira”

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