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A.J. Burnett-to-Pittsburgh has a “good chance” of happening

Feb 11, 2012, 4:08 PM 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

UPDATE: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was told by a source that there’s a “good chance” Burnett gets traded to the Pirates.

1:09 PM: The Yankees and Pirates continue to negotiate a potential A.J. Burnett trade. We learned yesterday that the Bucs were willing to eat $10 million of the $33 million remaining on Burnett’s deal, but the Yankees weren’t quite satisfied with that.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com just reported that the Pirates are actually one of four teams in on Burnett, one of which is on his no-trade list. However, the Yankees view the Pirates as the trade partner that makes the “most sense.”

It may sound a little funny that Burnett is drawing interest from multiple teams coming off a year in which he posted a 5.15 ERA, but if the Pirates could potentially get away with paying him $5 million a year for the next two years, that could sound pretty good to someone else. For all his issues, Burnett has logged at least 186 2/3 innings in each of the last four seasons. Have to fill those innings somehow.

And hey, it’s entirely possible that the Yankees are just floating this stuff in order to get the Pirates to kick in more cash.

  1. unclscrewtape - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Yeah, good luck with that one. Probably just scare Neal off. Money? Prospects? Gleep!!!!!

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I suspect that the Yankees have taken a page out of the Boras playbook and found 3 mystery teams.

  3. pisano - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Whatever, just get rid of this bum!

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      Most fans of the other AL East teams disagree with you for obvious reasons.

  4. rambodiaz - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Four teams?!? Now it’s a party.

    • patsandsox - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      What league? Korea?

  5. humanexcrement - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I think Yankee fans should start a collection to pay off pay off Burnett’s salary if the Yanks trade him. Think about it: if every Yankee fan contributes $5-$10, that’s a substantial chunk of money. Someone with the proper resources please get this going and get this clown on a fast train to wherever-the-fuck.

    • anxovies - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Where do I send my ten bucks?

      • klingonj - Feb 11, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        I’m in for twenty and a first class ticket on anything that leaves quickly. This guy was just so disappointing

  6. yettyskills - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    I call Bull$hit on there being 3 other teams, the Yankees have so many connections out there they are trying to sell the idea that there is interest in this guy when in fact there is none.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    I’m sure there’s other interested teams if they could get him for about $5 million a year. Seriously- who out there is better for that kind of money? I severely doubt Oswalt’s going to sign for that or less. The pitching market has dried up in a hurry.

  8. patsandsox - Feb 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    If Burnett has any pride at all this should motivate him to kick ass this season.

    • surefooted1 - Feb 11, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      I think we’ve already seen that he has no pride.

  9. uyf1950 - Feb 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    AJ will probably do very well if he goes to Pittsburgh. Out of the “sports” public eye and virtually no pressure. Just what the head doctor ordered for AJ.

    • baseballisboring - Feb 11, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      There’s not “no” pressure, just less. He’s still pitching for his next contract, not to get DFA’d and have to bounce around on minor league deals, he has every reason to want to perform. I think if he goes to the NL and does well it’ll be the move from the AL East to the NL Central more than anything psychological.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 11, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        My friend. “virtually” no pressure. By definition virtually means: almost entirely, nearly.

        Besides I was referring more to the fact of pitching in NY versus pitching in Pittsburgh.

      • cur68 - Feb 11, 2012 at 8:48 PM

        PNC is more of a pitcher’s paradise, too. NYS is a bit small for a dude who gets hit as hard as AJ does.

      • anxovies - Feb 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM

        Pittsburgh would be no pressure at all compared to what he received in NY when he was expected to be a #2

  10. randygnyc - Feb 11, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Trading AJ is just like signing a stud pitcher. Sure pitchers will sometimes falter, but it’s completely different knowing it’s going to happen and having to hold your breath every fifth day, until it happens.

  11. randygnyc - Feb 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    No boring, it’s all psychological. I’ve watched EVERY pitch he’s ever thrown with the Yankees. The only possible explanation for his lack of results is some mental block. I’ll bet he throws up some incredible numbers during the first half of the year with the pirates, until he gets traded to a contender, and back into the pressure cooker.

  12. 27xwschamps - Feb 11, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    He sucks !! Just get his a@@ out o town..NOW 😁

  13. damnyankee13 - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Hey AJ, bye!!!!
    hopefully

  14. aceshigh11 - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    You know, I *ALMOST* feel bad for the guy. Remember, I said “almost.”

    He gets a cushy contract with the biggest sports team on the planet, and he can’t hack it.

    Maybe he’ll thrive with a small market team where he’s not under the glare of the media microscope ever waking second.

  15. crisisjunky - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    If A.J. thinks he felt pressure from vicious media in NYC, wait till he tours the midwest regularly,
    and has to constantly deal with questions regarding those twin piecings.

    • crisisjunky - Feb 12, 2012 at 3:09 AM

      piercings, edit function.

  16. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Name one time when Steinbrenner waived a player due $33M left on his contract.

  17. tryclyde - Feb 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    If you knew something about baseball, you would know that the new rules SEVERELY penalize teams if their payrolls get to a certain point; it’s not the same as it was just 2 years ago. This isn’t a bad ting though because Cashman is more than capable of putting a good team together even under these conditions. First step: get Burnett the heck out of here and don’t take too big of a hit.

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