Found February 08, 2012 on North Side Notch:
We heard some rumblings about the Pirates possibly inquiring on starter A.J. Burnett earlier this offseason, but it did not amount to much. Today, Ken Rosenthal wrote that the Pirates are believed to be one team that is considering a trade for the highly paid veteran. First off, Burnett has a list of 10 teams he put on his no trade list. Amazingly, the Pirates are not among those 10 teams. Also, Burnett is set to make $33 million over the next 2 years, so the only way the Pirates could add him to the roster would be if the Yanks were willing to pay a decent amount of that. Burnett has been a pretty big disappointment for the Yankees after signing a 5-year, $82.5 million contract following the 2008 season. However, Burnett’s peripherals are still pretty good and his xFIP has well-outperformed his ERA over the past 2 years. A move out of the rough AL East into the NL Central could be just what Burnett needs to bounce back from his days in NY. Some speculation is that Garrett Jones wou...

Pirates/Yankees A.J. Burnett Update

The Pirates and Yankees have continued to discuss a potential trade involving A.J. Burnett, and we’ve seen plenty of rumors throughout the day. To summarize, Garrett Jones is off the table, which is a good thing. The point of debate now seems to be how much of Burnett’s salary the Pirates will absorb (he’s owed an astonishing $33 million over the next two years), and what the...

Why Do The Pirates Want A.J. Burnett?

First of all, yes, I’ll admit it: I’m eating my words right now. After writing my aggressively-headlined “Good Luck Shopping A.J. Burnett, Yanks” piece on Wednesday, it turns out the Yankees have found at least one potential suitor for Burnett in the Pirates. The two sides are still haggling over how much money the Yankees should eat, but considering the Yankees’ incentive...

Yanks, Pirates Talking AJ Deal

From the NY Daily News:In an effort to rid themselves of underperforming pitcher A.J. Burnett, the Yankees are turning to a familiar trading partner. A team source confirmed Friday that the Yankees have held discussions with the Pirates about Burnett recently, with the understanding that the Bombers would have to absorb a "significant" portion of the flighty righty&...

A.J. Burnett Rumors: Friday

Here is the latest on the A.J. Burnett rumors: -Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the two sides continue discussing a possible deal that would send Burnett to the Pirates. Heyman reports that the Yankees are willing to pay a substantial portion of Burnett’s remaining salary, but that the two sides are still a few million apart. Heyman mentions that the Yankees first offered...

Everyone thinks the Pirates should trade for AJ Burnett and I kind of do, too

Early this morning, Tim Dierkes at MLB Trade Rumors wrote about the Yankees desire to trade AJ Burnett and made up a list of teams he thought might be good fits for the veteran righty. At the top, he put the team that's been unsuccessfully trying to get a vetern right-handed starter to take their money for the last month now: the Pittsburgh Pirates. Shortly after that, Buster...

Could the Pirates trade for A.J. Burnett?

There’s been some speculation today about the Pirates and Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett, and Ken Rosenthal confirmed that the Bucs have been in talks about the struggling flamethrower. He also notes, however, that “those conversations failed to progress and perhaps qualified only as due diligence, major-league sources said.” Trading Burnett would be a great way for the Pirates...

Trade Values: A.J. Burnett and Garrett Jones

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees discussing a A.J. Burnett trade. A big hold up with any Burnett trade is money, as the right hander is due $33 M total over the next two years, and is coming off two bad seasons with New York. Yesterday there was some talk that the Pirates could be interested in Burnett, with the Yankees paying...

Pirates Round Table Podcast: Episode 2

This week’s Pirates Round Table Podcast is up where Jon from McEffect, Brian from Raise the Jolly Roger, Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog, and myself discuss some of the current events surrounding the Pirates. We start off discussing the possibility of A.J. Burnett joining the team and just go from there. Definitely worth a listen. Click here to listen or download. Also on iTunes.
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