Found February 10, 2012 on
Sliding Into Home:
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's contract, which has two years and $33 million remaining.
One source termed the trade talks with the Pirates as "still in the preliminary stages," but the Yankees clearly believe that the more money they pay the better the prospect they will demand in return. ESPN.com reported that the Yankees request for first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones already has been rebuffed by the Pirates who are seeking to add a veteran presence to a young pitching staff.
It was also mentioned in the article that the Yankees would use the money saved by trading AJ to sign a bat to fill the DH role (Ibanez, Damon or Matsui), and that the Yanks are still considering bringing Eric Chavez back.
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, and if they can unload AJ for anything of even a little value I would assume most Yankees fans would be pretty pleased.
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The New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates continue to engage in trade talks surrounding Yankees righthander A.J. Burnett.
A source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that discussions between the team were ongoing Friday night.
ESPN has reported that the Yankees were seeking Garrett Jones in exchange for Burnett, but the newspaper report said Jones was not part of the deal.
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...
The Pirates and the New York Yankees continued to discuss a trade Friday that would send Yankees starter A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh, according to an industry source.
New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett could be head to the Pittsburgh Pirates soon.According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the teams have placed the framework together for a deal that would send the right-hander to Pittsburgh, which has been the favorite to land Burnett this offseason. While players and money have not been finalized, rumors speculate that the Pirates would have...
New York is a tough city to play professional sports in. You are expected to succeed each and every time you are on the field. If you are not, the fans let you know it. If you are a high priced player and you fail, the fans will never forget to remind you that you are not living up to their expectations. As Ol’ Blue Eyes sang, if you can make it here, you can make...
I was going to wait until the Pirates and Yankees officially have a deal more about AJ Burnett, but since I'm in lab this afternoon without much to do I figured I'd put together a post that tries to get as much Burnett information into one place as I can. I have this bad habit of assuming that everyone is on the same page as me, even when I write things in November and don...
Garrett Jones is, in fact, the guy NYY want in any Burnett deal with the Pirates,but PIT not interested in moving Jones. No traction so far.Thu Feb 09 23:19:30 via webBuster OlneyBuster_ESPN
The rumors of A.J. Burnett going to Pittsburgh are heating up. Buster...
Pirates and Yankees have a framework of a possible AJ Burnett deal in place, and they are now working through conditions of that framework.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 12, 2012
That would make it sound a lot like a deal is just about done, but then Olney went on to say that the deal isn't done and the two sides haven't agreed on players or money. So how...
On part two of the Open Mike program from February 10, 2012, Michael Cohen and Karen Vankat talk about the potential moves that could be made by the New York Yankees in the coming weeks. Will the Bombers trade A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Garrett Jones? What does it mean for the Yankees rotation?
Mike and Karen also go back over the Super Bowl, and what the...