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The Yankees and Pirates expected to have a Burnett deal done in 24 hours

Feb 16, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

I can’t remember trade talks/rumors that have gone on this long. Especially not for a pitcher as mediocre as A.J. Burnett. But they’re still going on.

But today Jim Bowden said that the end is nigh:


Buster Olney concurs, though he didn’t put the hard time frame on it.  Whatever the case, I’ll be happy to see this one end, just so that I don’t have to pretend to care about it anymore.

  1. farvefromover - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I couldn’t agree with you more about pretending to care about this trade.

    • itsacurse - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Well Craig has to pretend to care because it’s his livelihood. What’s your excuse?

      • farvefromover - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        Pittsburgh business partners. Got another smart ass question?

  2. goawaydog - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Milt, we’re gonna need to go ahead and move you downstairs into storage B. We have some new people coming in, and we need all the space we can get. So if you could just go ahead and pack up your stuff and move it down there, that would be terrific, OK?

  3. yankeesfanlen - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    After 412 BSOHL posts, I would think this would qualify for at least a “Long National Nightmare Is Finally Over” kind of appellation.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Leave AJ alone Len. Don’t you have any sympathy for the poor tattooed multi millionaire who has great stuff and likes to put shaving cream pies in the face of team mates?

      • jimbo1949 - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        thought they were cool whip pies? mmmmmmmmmmmm, pie!

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        Now if it had been cake, I would have cheered him on.

  4. phukyouk - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    “…and to show we are serious.. you have 12 hours”

  5. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    Unless Cashman has no issue bringing Warren and/or Mitchell up during the year, I don’t see how this makes the Yanks any better? Look no further than the Sox last year and all the issues they had with injuries in the rotation. As it stands now if AJ is gone they’re looking at: CC, Kuroda, Nova, Pineda, Hughes/Garcia. That’s not exactly SP depth.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      I think the measure of the success of this deal is what they do with the $13MM they save by dumping Burnett, though I personally hope they give Branyan a chance at DH before they sign the likes of Damon, Ibanez or Vald.

      To address the concerns in your post, I would say the relative readiness of Banuelos, Betances, and a few other AAA arms provide plenty of SP depth.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        Possibly, but the Yanks have always had issues bringing young guys, especially prospects up to fill a gaping hole. Look at how long it took them to bring Montero up last year? Also, they don’t have the best track record with handling pitchers lately.

        If Betances can’t get his walk rate under control, he’ll under up in the bullpen. Banuelos took a step back last year with his peripherals. So if it’s a one or two week stint, I think they go with the Marshall/Mitchell/Warren group rather than the two Bs. But what if it’s something more serious? Hughes can’t stay healthy, Garcia was basically a 6IP last year, and they don’t yet know how Nova will handle his second full year or Kuroda moving from the NL W to the AL E.

        There are a lot of question marks in the rotation still, so dumping AJ doesn’t seem to be a good idea right now.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        As it is, I am guessing Nova starts the year in AAA so Hughes and Garcia can start in the rotation. It is not optimal for team performance perhaps, but it preserves depth.

        If they keep AJ, what will they do with him?

    • uyf1950 - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      I have to agree with sabathiawouldbe…with Warren, Phelps and Mitchell waiting in the wings and all 3 going to spring training I think the Yankee have plenty of depth 6 confirmed starters, 3 ML ready prospects and both Batences and Banuelos that if necessary would be ready by the trade deadline if necessary that’s more then most teams have in 2 seasons.

      Besides what would holding on to AJ at this point add to the equation.

  6. phukyouk - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    “.. and to show you we are serious, you have 12 hours”

  7. phukyouk - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    “… and to show you we’re serious, you have 12 hours”

  8. phukyouk - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    “… and to show we are serious, you have 12 hours”

  9. mianfr - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    PGH, really?

    Who in the world sees PGH and thinks “Oh, that must be Pittsburgh,” honestly?

    • atepperm - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Agreed. The acronym is “PIT,” as in “PITA PIT,” not “PGH,” as in “former Reds pitcher TIM PuGH.”

      • florida76 - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        Guys, newspapers have been the PGH abbreviation dating back to the 1970s, it’s not a big deal.

  10. randygnyc - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Unless AJ was gonna stay in the rotation, which could not possibly happen at this point, unless MULTIPLE starters get injured, then his presence could only be severly detrimental to the team. The benefit of this deal besides the obvious roster spot and the elimination of a probable malignancy is that any dollar saved towards the guaranteed $33 million the Yankees are obligated to pay him is a win. Word is, the pirates will be paying close to $13 million, btw.

  11. toegoat - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I live in “PGH” and I see and use that abbreviation all the time, Idk other cities perception of it tho.
    With that said, I wanna say that the buccos are rebuilding (since 1992) and I can’t wait to see the finished product, they must be creating THE BEST TEAM EVER ASSEMBLED being that it is taking so long.

  12. phukyouk - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    “…and to show you we’re serious, you have 12 hours”

  13. uyf1950 - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    That would be magnificent. Then maybe we can all finally move on to more important rumors, like when and where will Roy Oswalt sign.

    • surefooted1 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      Mystery Team obviously. :)

  14. deathmonkey41 - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    I’m actually looking forward to starting a rumor about how Derek Jeter nailed the ghost of Whitney Houston and left her a parting gift basket the next day, but that angered her spirit so she’s now haunting his 540,000,348,403 foot mansion.

    • seahawks80 - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      deathmonkey thats just dumb

  15. seahawks80 - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    So if there is a Pirate fan out there somewhere can you tell me where Burnett fits in the rotation…behind Correia and Morton?

  16. parlorboss - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    People who know more than I do about the situation think he takes Correia’s spot in the rotation:

    He’s arguably the 5th guy based on talent, but I think the idea might be to give him #2 starter innings because he can handle 200ish.

  17. stratomaticfan - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    If Bowden says it’s a done deal, you can write it off. His “Insiders” are wrong far more often than they are right.

  18. heyzeus143 - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    hey come on now, big news in bucco land, what the hell else do we got anyway

  19. myspaceyourface - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    This is a big deal because this trade is between teams at the most opposite end of the spectrum. You have the highest and lowest payrolls making a trade.

    Go Bucs

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