A.J. Burnett Rumors: Wednesday

The Pirates and Yankees are discussing an A.J. Burnett trade, as the Yankees look to unload some of the $33MM owed to him for 2012-13.  The latest:

  • Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger hears four teams are in the mix for Burnett and that "a deal will get done with somebody.“ 
  • The Yankees are engaging the Pirates and one other team about Burnett and a deal seems increasingly likely, David Waldstein of the New York Times reports.  It doesn't appear that Burnett would block a trade to either one of the two possible destinations.
  • The Yankees tried to convince the Angels that Burnett could be their fifth starter, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com.  The Yankees would have obtained Bobby Abreu in the proposed trade, but Burnett rejected the deal because he'd prefer to play on the East Coast.
  • The two clubs remain at an impasse, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  As the day before Yankees pitchers and catchers report to spring training, Saturday represents a soft deadline for the trade talks.  A trade is not likely with any of the three other teams interested in Burnett, as the Indians never got serious, Burnett will not approve a deal to the Angels, and the mystery team has lukewarm interest. 


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116 Comments on "A.J. Burnett Rumors: Wednesday"


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slider32
3 years 4 months ago

Yanks are building to the furture their main club is almost set. The Yanks are looking to dump 12 million in contract and get a few prospects in the deal. The Bucs seem to be willing to give them 10 million at this point.

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griffister
3 years 4 months ago

Burnett can’t block a trade if there not on his no-trade list.

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HHHDMS
3 years 4 months ago

Too bad AJ was a bust after the Championship season. I still think he has great stuff, but flourishes better with a non pressure team like the Pirates or Royals – He has his ring and he can say he was part of a World Championship club at the very least. Im sure hed do well in Pittsburgh. I am curious about the dreaded mystery team ..the Mets ? Cubs ? Royals ? Just guesswork, maybe it is the Os ?

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JaysNesan
3 years 4 months ago

Jays.. why not.. he enjoyed and did well in Toronto, except those years he was injured. I think Jays can gamble with him.. he was pitching well against  Boston and NY. He still can pitch mid to high nineties. Without any additional pressure, he can pitch well and also now he may want to revenge the Yankees …Jays get 10M of AJ’s salary and give Thames to NY. Now, Jays can put Snider in LF so give a final chance to succeed as a major leaguer.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

he was apart of 2 championship teams….florida/miami also

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MB923
3 years 4 months ago

Well he did win a ring with the Marlins, but he didn’t pitch at all in the playoffs in 2003. 2009 was actually his first career postseason appearances.

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Johnny S.
3 years 4 months ago

How about AJ for Jason Bay ?

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Caballo14
3 years 4 months ago

 Yeah, and while your at it throw in David Wright

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jeremiah15y
3 years 4 months ago

The Pirates wouldn’t mind him either.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

yankees want some kind of prospects. even if their low level prospects

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

im curious on to who the 4 teams are that burnett will accept a trade too. pittsburgh obviously but who are the other three? especially since cleveland is out of it

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bjsguess
3 years 4 months ago

I would like to publicly flog myself for saying yesterday that if offered a choice between playing in Pittsburgh or playing in Anaheim that Burnett would choose LA. 

I was wrong. Very wrong.
That is one serious phobia. To rather play in Pittsburgh (great city – horrible club) is just absurd. 

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jesse heiman
3 years 4 months ago

They should offer him to Detroit for delmon young

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tiger313
3 years 4 months ago

im kind of intrigued about AJ for a fifth starter in Detroit.

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FieldofDreams
3 years 4 months ago

Ye olde Mystery Team

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Victor Kipp
3 years 4 months ago

Smart for Burnett to reject that trade. If he goes to the angels there is pressure on him to perform.

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Giraffe Monsoon
3 years 4 months ago

I can’t wait to see what happens when the Yankees finally realize Ibanez is way over the hill and has no power anymore.

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slider32
3 years 4 months ago

I think he hit 20HRs last year.

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chuckuangels
3 years 4 months ago

Boring. Hello…Hello…is this thing on?

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jeremiah15y
3 years 4 months ago

Wallace Matthews is a flat out bad journalist… he reported yesterday that Cole wouldn’t be going in the deal… well no durrr.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

I hope the unnamed team really gets interested. I think this is a terrible deal for us here in Pittsburgh if Burnnett is not actively excited about pitching in PGh. If he is looking to “mail it in ” for two years , there are more arms that would be a better fit.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

I’m not an AJ Burnett fan at all, but for $10 million its not a terrible deal. The NL Central is extremely weak (you have Votto, 2/3 of a season of Ryan Braun, and the rare days Matt Holliday isn’t hurt; thats pretty much it). I see no reason he couldn’t regain, at least, some of his form in a weak division with little pressure.  Any more than $10 mil and/or a decent prospect and I’d probably pass though.

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Gibson17
3 years 4 months ago

There hasn’t been anything to give the impression that AJ doesn’t want to be in Pittsburgh.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Im part italian, i could make Burnett disappear for half his salary lol!

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Lastings
3 years 4 months ago

 They’re better off going to Lance Burton…

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

I’m surprised the Orioles aren’t getting involved. They can use a good innings eater, and his wife would love for him to play in Baltimore. Its probably the #1 place he’d want to go to finish his career.

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arthur3
3 years 4 months ago

It might be because that the O’s have seen Burnett within their division and recognize that his best years may be behind him. Wasn’t Burnett the only Yankee pitcher to have a losing record against the Orioles this year? The price being asked by the Yankees from the Pirates is, in no doubt, an attempt to recover some dignity after the fleecing they took in the Nady/Marte trade a few years ago.

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Ron Loreski
3 years 4 months ago

They could be the mystery team.

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Exposfan
3 years 4 months ago

If I were NH right now, I’d say to Cashman:
“You know what? I’ve tried my very best to accomodate you, but you are being more and more picky. I’m fed up, see ya”

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Would this 3-team trade work?

Yankees get Abreu
Pirates get Burnett + cash and Mark Trumbo
Angels get Hanrahan

Mike Trout in LF, Vernon Wells or Torii Hunter moves to DH

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oldyankfan
3 years 4 months ago

i don’t think the yanks would not take on abreu’s $9 mill salary — they’d rather have prospects and sign ibanez/damon for $2 mill

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Todd Smith
3 years 4 months ago

Pirates would be giving up too much.  

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Ron Loreski
3 years 4 months ago

No they wouldn’t. I’m sure Meek could handle the 9th. If not, sign someone like Mike Gonzalez, who closed for the Pirates before. Almost anything that brings Trumbo to Pittsburgh would work for me. Not going to happen though.

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Todd Smith
3 years 4 months ago

I wouldn’t really want Trumbo at all, as he’s not really much of an upgrade over Jones anyway.  I certainly wouldn’t give away Hanrahan for Trumbo straight up.  They could get much more than that for Hanrahan.

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NYYANKEES
3 years 4 months ago

no for the Angels to add Trumbo.

they can get C  prospects from Pirates, AJ to Pirates, and Abreu goes to Yankees.

Thats what the Angels should do trade Abreu for prospects to whichever team that wants him. I have no idea why they want Burnett + extra salary.

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EsquireMatt
3 years 4 months ago

Because they have a big ? at their 5th starter.  He eats innings and has enough talent to win more than just a handful of starts. 

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tim2nyy
3 years 4 months ago

Never count out the mystery team.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

I think the Pirates are thinking why spend $10mm+ on Burnett and lose 2 prospects, when they can wait longer, keep their prospects, and only pay Burnett the league minimum when the Yankees release him.

The Yankees are in it to win it every year, and will pay anything to win a championship. They have 7 starters for 5 spots and 7 relievers for 6 spots. so 14 pitchers for 11 spots… there’s no room for Burnett anymore, they cant hold onto him like the Mets did with Perez, they will have to cut him if they cant trade him.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Yanks are not releasing AJ. They do have option. Hughes can go back the the bullpen for part of the season and they can trade AJ on the trading dead line to a team in contention and desperate for a SP.

Also,

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James Attwood
3 years 4 months ago

No way the Yankees are simply releasing Burnett.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

they can still send hughes to the minors as he has one option left

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 4 months ago

I can’t see that happening at all. Not to mention it would mean releasing or demoting one of Bans, Bets, Warren, Phelps or Mitchell and the last 3 all performed well @ AAA last year.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

 He better learn how to DH then.
Yanks pen will be Garcia/Hughes, Wade, Robertson, Logan/Feliciano, Jobba, Rivera.
There’s no room for him on a championship team.

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Gibson17
3 years 4 months ago

Feliciano will never pitch again for the Yankees…injured arm and out for the year.

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Gibson17
3 years 4 months ago

And no Job until June or July at the earliest.  AJ will absolutely not be released.

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Raymond Holguin
3 years 4 months ago

Burnett + Cash for Abreu, done.  Angels don’t want abreu just like yanks don’t want  Burnett.  But the angels also don’t want Burnett + ~13M additional salary.  

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EsquireMatt
3 years 4 months ago

Its been reported that AJ vetoed a trade with the Angels for Bobby.

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roomwithamoose
3 years 4 months ago

that probably was the deal that Burnett probably refused to accept, it makes sense, considering both teams surpluses, to do that deal

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Gibson17
3 years 4 months ago

For the millionth time (not to you, but to posters in general), AJ has the 10 westernmost team on his no-trade list.  The Angels are not going to happen.

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Rabbitov
3 years 4 months ago

This is your chance, get out of there Pirates!

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alphabet_soup5
3 years 4 months ago

Mystery team?!

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oldyankfan
3 years 4 months ago

orioles? their current starting 5 is pathetic, their 2012 budget is only $68 mil right now and maybe they figure AJ would be happy so close to home

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NYYANKEES
3 years 4 months ago

Has AJ’s wife ever heard of a train?

Can’t blame Yanks for wanting Pirates to take more salary. Paying him $23 millon and getting bad prospects is not ideal

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SierraM363
3 years 4 months ago

 Addition by subtraction

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$3513744
3 years 4 months ago

It’s not like there are any trains in NY right?  I can’t blame them for demanding more either, but realistically they’re in no position for demands since it’s no secret they want to unload him.

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$3513744
3 years 4 months ago

I’m more stumped as to why he won’t approve a trade to the Angels knowing that the Pirates are his only other suitor right now.  Yikes.

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NathanielS
3 years 4 months ago

He doesn’t want to win a World Series as much as please an unreasonable wife? Keep him please.

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 4 months ago

Happy wife, happy life and cheaper to keeper. Words to live by.

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James Attwood
3 years 4 months ago

He has an NTC for all the western teams, so, unlike many NTC clauses that include strategically selected teams this is quite obviously about regional comfort. There are a lot of stories circulating out there that his wife is less than thrilled with the idea of air travel. If that is indeed the case, then it’s not a big surprise if he sticks to his NTC, as that means the NTC is acting as a “quality of life” clause in his contract.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

maybe they dont like to be sweating through out the summer.

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raffish
3 years 4 months ago

If they don’t like sweating through the summers they should be jumping at the chance to play on the west coast!

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$3513744
3 years 4 months ago

They should be able to afford air conditioning.

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Rick Garcia
3 years 4 months ago

If the trade happens, does AJ start opening day for PIT?

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Todd Smith
3 years 4 months ago

Either Burnett or Bedard, I would assume.

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James Attwood
3 years 4 months ago

Almost certainly not. But by the end of the season, it isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility that he has become the team’s #1.

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Ron Loreski
3 years 4 months ago

I think it will be Bedard regardless if they get Burnett or not. Playing the Phillies on openeing day, starting a lefty gives them a better chance of winning.

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 4 months ago

Not necessarily. Other than Utley, there won’t be any other big lefty bats in the line up.

Odds are the Pirates are going to win that series anyway… our offense disappears at PNC.

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James Attwood
3 years 4 months ago

Bedard would be my guess as well. The biggest question about Bedard is whether or not he stays healthy enough to last for PIT.

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$3513744
3 years 4 months ago

There is no question.  He won’t.

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UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 4 months ago

Looks like yet another day of waiting around for something to happen.

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formerdraftpick
3 years 4 months ago

I think they are just trying to compete with the Yu Darvish signing announcement….didn’t that lead to an 8 month saga of rewriting the same thing and speculating on this site?

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chico65
3 years 4 months ago

Sounds like just any other day in the offseason.  Can’t wait for pitchers and catchers to report in a few days!

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jeremiah15y
3 years 4 months ago

Sounds like Pit has all the leverage here… wow, that’s strange to say

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johnsmith4
3 years 4 months ago

Yep….typically….you have leverage when dealing with a trade partner needing financial relief.  The longer you wait, the more amenable your trade partner becomes.

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Fizzzay
3 years 4 months ago

Who’d have thought the Yankees would get hung up over 3 million dollars?

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chico65
3 years 4 months ago

The same people who expected the Red Sox to sit on their wallets this winter?

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Beltran is starting to decline, there’s no doubt of that.  You also failed to mention all the other players the Brewers lost.  Yes, they may be returning some good pitching, but you also need good offense to win.  I honestly think the Reds will have the best team.  Having said all of that, I really do think the Pirates could make it interesting. 

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formerdraftpick
3 years 4 months ago

The Buccos should have went for bigger signings and locked up a legitimate clean up hitter so they could “take over” the division.  It seems like no one wants to sign for them.  Therefore, they might have to go the route of trades.

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GlassJawn
3 years 4 months ago

A bit of hyperbole, Toronto is only a 90 minute drive from the New York state border.

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Jim McGrath
3 years 4 months ago

Do you think Josh Beckett’s wife has the same issue(actually I think they just had a new baby this off-season which could cause a moving issue)–maybe the Angels would consider Josh as a suitable starter and would send some prospects east.

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James Attwood
3 years 4 months ago

She never relocated to Toronto. Part of Burnett’s contrat was 8 round-trip limo rides (about 10 hours or so one way) from their home in Baltimore to Toronto so she could see her husband play.

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 4 months ago

I’m trying to find a “not too inappropriate” joke and I’m striking out…. you win :(

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mypoorbuccos
3 years 4 months ago

 “Don’t look at me! DON’T LOOK AT ME!!!!”

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roomwithamoose
3 years 4 months ago

lets take the psychology discussion elsewhere, and i am just saying a surprise trade to the Angels, and suddenly forcing her to fly may not be the best idea for now. They should deal with it at a more appropriate time. He had the right to block the trade, he didn’t do it cause he hates the Angels, but out of concern for family

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3 years 4 months ago

Okay, I’ll give you that.

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nictonjr
3 years 4 months ago

One shoulder tight or forearm injury away from getting nothing back and having his $16.5 mil, 24.75 counting luxury tax, staying on the books.  He’s been healthy as a Yankee, but he does have arm problems in his history.  And 35 year old SP in the post steroid era….

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James Attwood
3 years 4 months ago

^ This…

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johnsmith4
3 years 4 months ago

You left out Brad Mills

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nictonjr
3 years 4 months ago

If the Angels can get Burnett for $500K a year and only give up Abreu they’d be all for it.  Other than that Williams/Richard will do.

Their top 4 guys threw 223+ innings each last year. You need a 5-6 inning pitcher in the #5 spot to keep the BP active…..

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3 years 4 months ago

He showed real signs of improvement down the stretch last year, starting with the crucial rubber-game of the September-1st series in Boston, and the Yanks can pretty-well count on an injury taking out at least one of their starters. If I were Cash, and the deal wasn’t exactly what I wanted, I’d save Burnett and see what’s happening at the trade deadline.

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EsquireMatt
3 years 4 months ago

Come on now.  Jerome Williams? Garret Richards? AJ is still a KO pitcher and has almost a 8 K/9inn ratio during his time in NY.  We know he has not pitched great, but things get blown out of control in NY.  He can still go out there and give you 6 innings.  Hes not going to shut people out every time, but he can still keep teams in games.

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dook83
3 years 4 months ago

I assume she must have a fear of flying…you could fly BALTCALI in considerably less time…

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Smrtbusnisman04
3 years 4 months ago

They can then use those savings to sign Raul Ibanez.

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EsquireMatt
3 years 4 months ago

My guess is the Yankees believe for a $5MM/year savings, he is still a usable arm that they won 97 games with last year.  That type of savings doesn’t really get them to expand the price tag for a DH. And without a decent prospect there’s really no incentive.

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3 years 4 months ago

What makes you think the other teams in the NL Central are that much better than the Pirates?  Honestly, the Pirates will start with a better overall team than they had last year.  Therefore, I would never rule out a chance for them to contend.

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$3513744
3 years 4 months ago

Maybe he’s not doing her any favors by catering to her fears.  People don’t grow by avoiding their fears.

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$3513744
3 years 4 months ago

LOL.  That reminds me of wanting to be a starter on the JV team rather than a role player on the varsity team.

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jeremiah15y
3 years 4 months ago

Maybe he sees that if they can turn Correia into an all-star, then he’s a lock!

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Bleed_Orange
3 years 4 months ago

Couldnt agree more.  He has a huge contract, a ws ring, and he is on the down swing of his career.  Winning at this point is probably not his biggest concern. Family comes first.

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EsquireMatt
3 years 4 months ago

That sounds worse than my Miami to Kileen, Tx.  Though your destination was probably more fun.

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roomwithamoose
3 years 4 months ago

hey in the end though at least he’s being thoughtful phobias are irrational fears, and he’s not forcing her to do something that will make her blood pressure go through the roof

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Faceman937
3 years 4 months ago

Obsessions, you are correct. The reported reason Burnett chose the Yankees over the Braves was due to his wife flying. ATL was a flight where the Yankees were a train ride from his home.

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$3513744
3 years 4 months ago

It must be the only place he could go that would require her to fly.  Makes perfect sense :)

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

maybe he wants a shot at being a number 1 or 2 starter instead of a 4 or 5…pittsburgh he can get that shot, as for the angels he would be number 5

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James Attwood
3 years 4 months ago

Maybe Burnett likes the idea of seeing his wife and two children more often. Maybe his family wants more than to watch Burnett on the telly.

His kids may not mind flying, but his exceptionally hot wife certainly does. It appears the happiness of his family is more imprtant to him than playing for a top-tier contender like the Angels. Quite frankly, good for him.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

because a 10 hour drive is alittle better then a 2 1/2 day drive. i have drove from lancaster california to Ft. walton beach florida and its not a fun drive.

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James Attwood
3 years 4 months ago

I have no idea how the logistics played out. I imagine that the team has plenty of limos crossing back and forth across the border to get business sone though. I would assume that they are “old-hat” at figuring it all out by now.

But I’m with you, I want an Intl. limo clause too.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

i dont really see it as leverage because techincaly the yankees dont really need to get rid of him. he will be a 5th starter, and he prob more then likely wont start in the playoffs as the yankees usually only go with 3 starters come post season time. yeah the salary may hurt, but im sure they would rather keep the salary then trade him and not get anything in return

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Look what happened to that family in American Horror Story when they moved out west. She’s right to be afraid. However, AJ Burnett is no Dylan McDermott so there’s that…

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$3513744
3 years 4 months ago

To each his own I suppose.  I’m more curious what the refusal to move to the west coast is all about.  

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MB923
3 years 4 months ago

That is correct.

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James Attwood
3 years 4 months ago

Well, they have two children and a home in Baltimore so…

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$3513744
3 years 4 months ago

She could just turn on a tv like other people if she’s so scared to fly.  Just saying.  Given the possible career paths of playing for the Angels or the Pirates right now, it seems like a really poor decision given the circumstances.

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wolf9309
3 years 4 months ago

 probably there’s family on/near the east coast she doesn’t want to be that far from- as the west coast is several days of driving away

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$3513744
3 years 4 months ago

Well there’s no fighting it then, because the island won’t let her stay there even if she tried.

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MB923
3 years 4 months ago

lol he just answered you (and yes it’s for real)