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The Yankees are still trying to peddle A.J. Burnett

Feb 8, 2012, 9:31 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

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are still trying to trade A.J. Burnett. The purpose — apart from the totally understandable and desirable deburnettification effects such a move would create  — is to shake free some payroll to sign a DH or Eric Chavez or someone:

… the Yankees are quietly — but diligently — still working to trade A.J. Burnett. They know no team will take all of Burnett’s remaining two years at $33 million. But if they could save, say, $4 million this year and next year, it would provide some wiggle room to finish off their roster heading into spring training.

At present, Sherman says, the Yankees aren’t willing to eat too much payroll, so don’t expect anyone to bite. I mean, sure, if you could get Burnett for what the Marlins are paying Carlos Zambrano this year (i.e. close to nothing) you make a deal because he could be useful. But short of that? Why bother?

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    I think that since the Yankees chose to sign Burnett, they should pay him what they thought he was worth. Nobody forced them to pay Burnett the big bucks. They should man up and pay him.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      My friend, does Vernon Wells ring a bell?

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:45 AM

        Yep, but the Jays found a greater fool. That is not possible with Burnett. Your suggestion that the Yankees eat $22 million of his remaining salary makes sense to me.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        To paraphrase Mencken: Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of general managers.

        Speaking of fools, how did dumping Napoli work out of AA? One of his few missteps, but a big one for sure.

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        SWBG@ET: did anyone see Napoli doing what he did? C’mon, show me the evaluation that called Naps as the monster that he became. In fact, the only person who should have seen that coming was Scoscia. Napoli being undervalued rests on Scoscia and Scoscia alone. AA made the right call, all things considered: he had pretty good prospect in Arencebia, a veteran back up in Molina, and he didn’t need a guy as young as Napoli, with the rep Scoscia saddled him with, on the team. The Rangers did (Washington has a pretty good history dealing with defensively deficient guys so Napoli’s rep wouldn’t bother him), and BOOM caught the best deal in the majors last season because of Mike Scoscia.

        Now, if you wanna hang someone on AA, you might consider Colby Rasmus…

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        Yeah, I predicted him to be useful but maybe not have the season he had. I said at the time that trading Napoli, a guy good for 20 HRs, for another over-the-hill BP arm was a bad move. I figured he could catch and sort of mentor Arencibia, spell Lind at 1B, and get some ABs at DH.

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Saw it sort of the same way m’self, 1943′. I thought he’d be “kind of useful”. But the beast that we saw last season? Hell no. Never saw that coming at all. The return on Napoli was pretty poor, true, but, given what was out there for him in return, kind of understandable, given that no one saw that Mike Scioscia was Mike Napoli’s main problem. But hey, Anthopoulos got Mathis, now. Scioscia’s “number one guy”. If things go to form, Mathis will be as awful as Napoli was great. I’m dreading seeing that guy in a game.

    • yanxroxorzyoursoxor - Feb 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      hey proudly, it only took 5 years to find you again after the MSNBC boards went down! I see you’re still yapping about the shitty Jays! How bout them 2009 Yankees??? haha you suck

  2. uyf1950 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    As an old Nike ad used to say: “JUST DO IT”, Yankees. Eat $21MM of the $33 he’s owed. Someone especially a NL team should be interested in him for $6MM per for the next 2 years. Then use $2MM of the $6MM you saved to sign Chavez or Ibanez and move on. It’s time to cut the umbilical cord with A.J. Burnett.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Sorry about the typo when I wrote $22 instead of $21. Your suggestion makes sense. Would you prefer to exile him to Pittsburgh or Colorado?

      • uyf1950 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        The Pirates sound about right. They have low and no expectations. Plus if one is to believe all the recent reports they can’t seem to attract any players there. AJ could start a trend in in what used to be the Steel City.

      • bigharold - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        “Would you prefer to exile him to Pittsburgh or Colorado?”

        How about Toronto?

      • kinggeorge96 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        Toronto???

        If there’s one team AJ has historically been lights out against, it’s the Yankees… I’m sure he’f find his groove against the Yanks in a heartbeat if he went back to the BJ’s… that’s Yankees law….

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        Rosenthal is reporting that the Yankees and Pirates have discussed Burnett, but were not close to a deal. Burnett can’t block a trade to Pittsburch.

      • bigharold - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        “I’m sure he’f find his groove against the Yanks in a heartbeat if he went back to the BJ’s… that’s Yankees law….”

        He was also lights out against the RS too when he played for the Jays.

      • anxovies - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:22 PM

        Does Anchorage have a MLB team?

  3. sdelmonte - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    I bet if he ends up the sixth man in the rotation, there might be a good deal to make in late March. Otherwise, he and Garcia sit at the far end of the bench, competing for leftovers in the sixth inning.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    How about a Buy One-Get-One free deal- AJ and the Fat Toad.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      yankeesfanlen, my friend. The Yankees can’t trade away Bobby Jenks (AKA: The Fat Toad) he’s with the Red Sox.

    • surefooted1 - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      If you were trying to imply Joba, you failed.

      1. He’s a pretty darn good RP.
      2. You can’t trade injured players
      3. “The Fat Toad” plays for the Red Sox (being a Yankee fan, you should know that).

      • uyf1950 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        surefooted1 – just so you know. Anyone who has followed yankeesfanlen on this board knows he was NOT “trying to imply Joba”. In no uncertain terms he most definitely was referring to Joba.

        To know yankeesfanlen is to love him or at the very least love his comments.

    • bigharold - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      Leave Joba ALONE!

  5. stex52 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Step away from the phone, Luhnow, and no one gets hurt. I don’t want to shoot anyone, but the Astros are not making this deal.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      stex, you’ll be happy to know the Astros are 1 of the 10 teams on AJ’s limited no trade clause. He doesn’t want to pitch there anymore then you want him to.

      • stex52 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

        Can’t say I blame Burnett either. It is really tough to watch how far this franchise has fallen. Ten years ago they had a reputation as one place off the east coast where players wanted to play. Hopefully the new management can get them headed that way.

  6. marshmallowsnake - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    No! Keep him! Signed, every Red Sox Fan.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      Sure, why would the Red Sox want an innings eater when they have “what-ja-ma-call-it” and “who’s-a-ma-call-it” in their rotation.

    • bigharold - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      And, the RS should keep Lackey, .. signed every AL team fan.

      • 24missed - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        At least he’s out for this year. I know, one year, but I’ll take it.

      • bigharold - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        Yeah but the great part of him getting TJ surgery is contractually, the RS now have an option to add another year at league minimum. You KNOW the RS FO is cashing in on that unless he’s even worse after surgery than he was before.

        So either way as a Yankee fan it’s a win win.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Just don’t trade him in the AL East! The only team he can dominate is the Yankees. I don’t want to see that.

    • 24missed - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      Karma.

  8. fpd1520 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Cleveland will take him. They are pretty good at taking overrated pitchers after they have had 1 good season.

  9. CJ - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    we’ve been hearing this for months… so much for shopping him very quietly.

  10. byjiminy - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    How about the Twins? they took Pavano and he gave them a few decent years.

    Or what about making him a reliever?

  11. pogodog7 - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    The Orioles would take him is they got him for hardly anything. He lives in Maryland and would probably the best pitcher on the team.

  12. ramanzano99 - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Trade him for a bag of sweaty balls and athletic socks.

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