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The Yankees are shopping A.J. Burnett

Dec 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

The New York Post reports the Yankees are shopping A.J. Burnett this week at the Winter Meetings.

It’s said that they’ll eat $8 million of the $33 million he’s owed. Problem with that: whoever pays the other $25 million still, you know, has to have A.J. Burnett in their rotation for the next two years. So good luck with that.

  1. mojosmagic - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    That is akin to shopping a toothless whore at a Playboy party.

    • protius - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      Hey, I didn’t know your mom played baseball.

  2. Detroit Michael - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Good luck with that one, Cashman.

  3. canucks18 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    You can’t argue that AJ has some of the nastiest sh$& in the league…. His problem has been consistency

  4. phukyouk - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Craig.. if you are going to post this article PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE use the pic from inside the post.. it is EPIC. i have it on my PC if you want me to email it to you

  5. dondada10 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    There’s plenty of other bad contracts out there that the Yankees could swap Burnett for. For example, they could probably obtain Jason Bay for Burnett straight up, with the Yanks kicking in cash to even it out. Bay in this scenario would replace Andruw Jones on the roster with a younger pitcher replacing Burnett.

    • lardin - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      Why would the Yankees throw in money to cover AJ and take on Bay’s contract? Just sign Jones…

    • 78mu - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM

      They need to do what the Cubs and Mariners did when Bradley and Silva were traded for each other. Hope a change of scenery gives you a little more value than sticking with the player you have.

      • lardin - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        But why would the Yankees make that move for Bay, a player they dont need? They could just sign Jones for less money.

  6. gammagammahey - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Who are the really terrible contracts that teams would like to dump?

    Burnett
    Bay
    Zito
    Soriano
    Zambrano
    Rios

    The GM’s from these teams should throw those names into a hat, each pick one, and stick with whoever they get.

    • lardin - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      I like that idea. But From a Yankees persepective I would rather have Burnett then any of those players. AJ has better stuff than Zito, the Yankees dont need Bay, Soriano or Rios. Zambrano is a head case. At the very least AJ will give you innings with the occaisonal dominant start. Hes definately not worth what hes paid, but As a four or five starter you could do worse. Hes not a malcontent or a bad clubhouse presence like Zambrano. In fact when there was a disagreement with Giradi last year, he went out of way to praise Giradi for sticking by him and his inconsistencies. If he was paid 5 million a year, every single team would want him, but hes paid 16.5million a year

      • Kevin S. - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

        Actually, I’d probably prefer Zambrano simply because he’s owed the least amount of money and his contract is over the soonest, although realistically you’re right that AJ is the least useless to the Yanks right now, and his contract is over before the Yanks reported payroll D-Day.

    • El Bravo - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:02 AM

      Adam Dunn called and wants his “worst contract vs. performance in recent baseball history” award back…

    • cur68 - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      gamma: “Wells, Vernon”? Ring any bells?

      • Kevin S. - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:28 AM

        And honestly, I’d probably have to add Johan Santana to that list, which is a damn shame. If he comes back from those injuries and is even a fraction of his former self, I’d be stunned.

    • papalurchdxb - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:05 PM

      RedSox can trade the Yanks one shitty pitching contract for AJ – John Lackey anyone?

    • bobinnh85 - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      You can add Lackey and Crawford from the Red Sox to the list

      • wendell7 - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:23 PM

        Lackey, yes. Crawford, no. The 1st year being bad in a 7-year deal doesn’t make the whole contract a bust. Crawford is young enough and still has 6 years left on the deal to perform like his old self. I wouldn’t call his a “terrible contract” just yet.

    • pjmarn6 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      Now you see what is wrong with huge contracts and guaranteed contracts and multiyear contracts. The GMs and Owners have to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars for players they and the fans don’t want.
      The baseball salary system is so bloated and ridiculous that it is never going to be fixed without a huge lockout for a very long time.

  7. yankeesfanlen - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    How about a package deal? AJ and THE FAT TOAD for a refrigeration unit and someone from the grounds crew at Minute Maid park.

    • yournuts - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:04 PM

      Hey Len get a grip. AJ is not that bad. He can be dominant at times. Joba is going to be a big factor in 2012 and will be great for the Yankees, Joba is just26 years old, he hasn’t reached his prime yet. Be patient with him.

  8. Kevin S. - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    I disagree, Craig. Whoever gets AJ Burnett at two years, $25 million is paying market rate for an elite reliever without having to commit long-term to him. And ultimately, I think that’s what happens to AJ – he winds up at the back end of somebody’s bullpen. Realistically, it’s the Yanks’ in 2013 when they have five superior options in the rotation, but anybody thinking about acquiring him should be considering him in that context, IMO.

  9. kiwicricket - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    If they take it down to 20M over two years, someone from the NL in a pitchers park will nab him. The guy has fantastic stuff, it’s just that my left jandel is more stable under pressure.

  10. bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    AJ can’t handle New York. It’s that simple.

    Watch him flourish anywhere else. What a wuss.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:26 AM

      He handled it pretty damn well throughout 2009, including October. Stop using pop psychology narratives to explain occurrences you can’t understand.

      • lardin - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:32 AM

        Well Said, The Yankees most likely dont beat the Phillies if AJ didnt come up huge in game 2: 7 innings 1 run 9 strikeouts.

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        I know what I see…and he can’t handle New York. It was fine and dandy when things were going good…then when he had a few hiccups, he flaked out. So pop this.

    • bobwsc - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM

      AJ can’t handle new york; you’re failing at life. who is doing worse?

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM

        The fact of the matter is that you will never attain what I have done so far in my life, so you might as well kill yourself now, bob.

  11. mojosmagic - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Trading John Lachey is akin to pimping a toothless whore with Aids at a penthouse pet party.

    • bobwsc - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM

      unless Charlie Sheen is there

  12. cmutimmah - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    AJ will not flourish elsewhere. He’s washed up.

    I doubt they find a taker.

  13. inmyhumble1 - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    There are three kinds of pitchers (and quarterbacks); those that you’ll win because of, those you can win with, and those you can win inspite of. Unfortunately, on any given start, you never know which of the three AJ will be.

  14. bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    It’s true…I saw it on craigslist:

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brx/tls/2740694774.html

  15. pisano - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    Please Santa, all I want for Christmas is A.J. out of New York. I swear I’ll be good.

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