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"


jeremiah15y
3 years 6 months ago

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

johnsmith4
3 years 6 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.

Fizzzay
3 years 6 months ago

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

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

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

UltimateYankeeFan
3 years 6 months ago

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

chico65
3 years 6 months ago

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

formerdraftpick
3 years 6 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?

Rick Garcia
3 years 6 months ago

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

James Attwood
3 years 6 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.

Ron Loreski
3 years 6 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.

James Attwood
3 years 6 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.

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

There is no question.  He won’t.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 6 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.

Todd Smith
3 years 6 months ago

Either Burnett or Bedard, I would assume.

$3513744
3 years 6 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.

James Attwood
3 years 6 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.

3 years 6 months ago

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

$3513744
3 years 6 months ago

They should be able to afford air conditioning.

raffish
3 years 6 months ago

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

NathanielS
3 years 6 months ago

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

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 months ago

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

NYYANKEES
3 years 6 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

$3513744
3 years 6 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.

SierraM363
3 years 6 months ago

 Addition by subtraction

alphabet_soup5
3 years 6 months ago

Mystery team?!

oldyankfan
3 years 6 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

Rabbitov
3 years 6 months ago

This is your chance, get out of there Pirates!

3 years 6 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.

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

No way the Yankees are simply releasing Burnett.

3 years 6 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.

Gibson17
3 years 6 months ago

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

Gibson17
3 years 6 months ago

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

3 years 6 months ago

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

YanksFanSince78
3 years 6 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.

3 years 6 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,

Raymond Holguin
3 years 6 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.  

roomwithamoose
3 years 6 months ago

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

Gibson17
3 years 6 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.

EsquireMatt
3 years 6 months ago

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

tim2nyy
3 years 6 months ago

Never count out the mystery team.

3 years 6 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

NYYANKEES
3 years 6 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.

EsquireMatt
3 years 6 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. 

Todd Smith
3 years 6 months ago

Pirates would be giving up too much.  

Ron Loreski
3 years 6 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.

Todd Smith
3 years 6 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.

oldyankfan
3 years 6 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

Exposfan
3 years 6 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”

3 years 6 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.

Ron Loreski
3 years 6 months ago

They could be the mystery team.

arthur3
3 years 6 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.

3 years 6 months ago

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

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

 They’re better off going to Lance Burton…

3 years 6 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.

Gibson17
3 years 6 months ago

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

3 years 6 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.

jeremiah15y
3 years 6 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.

chuckuangels
3 years 6 months ago

Boring. Hello…Hello…is this thing on?

Giraffe Monsoon
3 years 6 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.

slider32
3 years 6 months ago

I think he hit 20HRs last year.

Victor Kipp
3 years 6 months ago

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