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The A.J. Burnett trade is just about done. Finally.

Feb 17, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

Without looking, I’m going to assume that we’ve done 50 posts on the Yankees-Pirates A.J. Burnett trade.  But maybe it’s almost over!


Seriously. I don’t think Burnett will play for the Pirates as long as these trade discussions have lasted.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM


    • yankeesfanlen - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      Let’s bid him adieu at LaGuardia- think there’s a 6PM to PGH.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        Remember his wife is afraid of flying. We can eliminate the planes portion of planes, trains and automobiles as a reference to the John Candy movie years back.

  2. uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Now the Yankees can move on to signing that left handed bat, probably Ibanez. Then the utility infielder/3rd baseman to give A-Rod the occasional rest he will need during the season, probably Chavez.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Can a Roy Oswalt sighing be far behind on this blog. Round and round he goes where he lands no one knows. Will it be Fenway Park or maybe Busch Stadium, inquiring minds want to know.

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

        Can a Roy Oswalt sighing be far behind on this blog.

        What are you talking about? I just about sigh every time I read about Oz ALMOST but NOT signing a contract with X team for Y reason.

      • stex52 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:20 AM

        I’m an Oswalt fan, but I’m with you. Tell me when it’s over. I don’t need all of this blow-by-blow.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Francisco, obviously that was a typo. I try and do better next time, although there are no guarantees. Just in case you have a need to point out other innocent mistakes.

    • whatthehellisansky - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Not sure why Ibanez is made out to be the better fit. Hes got better power than Damon, but hes been in the Natl league (obviously no DH) and he isnt well versed in coming off the bench. Johnny seems to be a better fit on the field and in the clubhouse- but thats just me..

  3. Ari Collins - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Here’s hoping Oswalt signs this week as well, since his colleagues will be reporting to camp on Sunday. Then the offseason will have officially ended, and we can move towards… well, fluff pieces about spring training, I guess.

    On second thought, maybe we should keep the offseason going as long as possible.

    • b7p19 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Spring Training is in the BSOiL

    • - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      College Baseball starts today. So there is that.

      The off-season is over

  4. sdelmonte - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Now NYC can go back to paying attention to that sport with the orange ball.

  5. humanexcrement - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    As a New Yorker and lifelong Yankee fan, I’m honestly happier at getting rid of AJ Burnett than I was when the Giants won the Super Bowl. That’s not hyperbole, it’s literal truth.

    • sdelmonte - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Well, the Giants can win the whole thing many times, but you can only get rid an albatross once.

  6. randygnyc - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    He really should leave out of Penn station, on a rail.
    Anyway, like has been said, time to sign Chavez. I’d like to bring back Damon as DH (he’s got decent speed). I hate ibanez’ face, so I don’t want him playing at Yankee stadium, either for or against. He should retire as a filthy Philly.

  7. phukyouk - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    SO LONG AJ! Don’t let the door Hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    For McCutchen? (fingers crossed!)

  9. braddavery - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Why did Burnett choose the Pirates over the Angels.

    • humanexcrement - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      I’m guessing he didn’t want to be traded at all. For all his poor performance, he seemed to fit in with his teammates and enjoy his time in New York. He invented the shaving cream pie in the face, after all. Though he always seemed to have a cold personality, I thik he was honestly a pretty nice guy underneath it all. Unfortunately, he sucked ass. Nice guys don’t cut it in NY. Bye, bye Burnett. Even if he wins the Cy Young award in Pittsburgh it’ll still be the best trade ever executed. The simple fact that anyone took him for anything is a miracle. Can you say Vernon Wells?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      Speculation is that he insisted on the no-trade clause because his off-season home (where his wife lives) is in Maryland and she has a fear of flying. He wants to stay on the east coast.

      • braddavery - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        Cool. Thanks for the info.

      • jwbiii - Feb 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        In Burnett’s last contract with the Blue Jays, he had a clause for eight round trip limo trips from Maryland (I think they live in Western Maryland) to Toronto. Pittsburgh is the most convenient city for her to get to.

  10. urfinished - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Does anyone even remember who the hell the yankees are getting?

    • humanexcrement - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      Who gives a shit? I don’t care if they trade him for a mop to be used by the clubhouse janitor.

  11. urfinished - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    How can hardball talk be complaining about the updates on this trade? You are the ones reporting it. If there are no real updates, stop printing “non-stories”. You have added nothing new to these trade talks in a week. Trade talks are heating up…oooohhhhh great story. Trade talks are cooling off…oooohhh thanks for the update. Trade talks are heating back up! Wow thanks! If you have no player information, just wait for it to be done.

  12. randygnyc - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    AJ won’t play for any team west of the Mississippi. They live in Maryland. His wife won’t move and doesn’t fly. He has to be kinda close to home.

  13. joey15215 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    How long will the Pirates be on the hook with Burnett for contract years. I honestly only seeing him being potentially over .500 for 1-2 seasons. I have not been for the Pirates making this trade and giving away talent for a guy that is honestly on the last leg of an average career.

    Believe it or not, I would have rather seen the Pirate organization give Jamie Moyer a shot than make this trade. Moyer would come at a lot less cost and the organization would not be on the hook for whatever amount of years the team would be in having Burnett.

  14. randygnyc - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Yankees are primarily getting 13 of the 33 million picked up (salary relief) a roster spot and maybe a non roster low prospect (not important at this point).

  15. snowbirdgothic - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Five bucks says that Burnett chows down on those weak NL Central lineups (Astros? Thank you sir, may I have another!) and has what is at least a superficially good year. This will lead to roughly half the Yankees fans out there calling for Cashman’s head for trading him (with a side of Jay Buhner invocations) and half of them writing him off as another bum who couldn’t handle New York (with attendant Ed Whitsons)

  16. maddogg911 - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    AJ sucks, glad the Angels passed on him

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