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Yankees, Pirates talking Burnett trade

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08:09 AM ET 02.11 | 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 recent discussions with the Pirates about Burnett, 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.

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February 11, 2012  09:03 AM ET

I thought they got rid of all the Smoke Stacks in Pittsburg?

February 11, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Why not wait to see how it goes in spring training? If Hughes looks good, he would have more trade value, if not, then you need Burnett.
Heck , you put up with him this long, two years and he is out of there anyways.
Since when did signing a guy for a few million to DH become a budget buster? BS. Luxury tax or not, the Yankees are turning a profit.

February 11, 2012  09:32 AM ET

You want to move a pitcher who is over paid at $15 million a year? How about finding someone to pick up some of Sorryassano's bull pen act?

February 11, 2012  10:59 AM ET
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the Yankees are turning a profit.

the yankees wold be turning a corner!!

February 11, 2012  11:02 AM ET

the yankees got tired of waiting for burnett to be a conssistant pitcher, this franchise just wants to start as clean as they can be!!!

February 11, 2012  11:04 AM ET

if the pitsburg are expecting to land burnnet, the pirates would be a very happy team!!!

February 11, 2012  11:16 AM ET

burnett can pitch well, i guess the problem lays on the pitching coach, or its the manager's fault???

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February 11, 2012  11:52 AM ET
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I hear you-you never know who's going to have a shoulder issue, bad back, etcas I said above-aj has been good for NY the playoffs. but if they can get something back for the future and if it helps us sign other players- he can go

I suppose. But he pitched the best of any starter in the playoffs last year, and he is healthy.
Heck, they went with him this long.

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February 11, 2012  12:22 PM ET

The Yanks will move Burnett for the same reason they moved Montero. Too many people competing for the same spot. But i agree with earlier posters. why now? why not see what shakes out in spring training? there is a strong possibility that nova or hughes will be inconsistent and more suited for long term bullpen relief. Long term bullpen relief for Burnett probably! The yankees gave up on Andrew Brackman, one of their "killer B's" coming up, that is probably the biggest reason that Burnett is still around. I dont think Burnett is a playing in new york well kinda guy. Like Kevin Brown. But making a deal where the yanks eat a bunch of his salary doesnt make sense if the yanks are supposedly trying to stay within a budget. You might as well keep him.

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February 11, 2012  12:53 PM ET

I got a better idea. Who the hell cares. The majors are saturated with better teams than NY.

February 11, 2012  02:18 PM ET

I would do the trade in a heart beat. Trading him to the Pirates the yankees won't have to see him in the AL. And then the Yankees making the move would give them some room to make additional moves. DO IT!

February 11, 2012  02:28 PM ET

Burnett is a PR nightmare, unfortunately. He is a great 5 inning pitcher, and once every two times through the rotation, that's OK...but the hard lesson the Yankees have learned is that they need their starters to go a minimum of 6 and are better when they go 7, so they can hand off to a mix of Joba, Sori, DRob and Mo...the rest of the bullpen is solid, but the end-of-the-game, 1 inning guys are great. Hughes is younger, Garcia is more reliable...Burnett is expensive and expendable.

February 11, 2012  02:33 PM ET
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Why not wait to see how it goes in spring training? If Hughes looks good, he would have more trade value, if not, then you need Burnett.Heck , you put up with him this long, two years and he is out of there anyways.Since when did signing a guy for a few million to DH become a budget buster? BS. Luxury tax or not, the Yankees are turning a profit.

I'm with you, but they probably want to clear some salary for a couple FA Bench moves and trust the young arms to fill in.

February 11, 2012  02:33 PM ET
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Burnett is a PR nightmare, unfortunately. He is a great 5 inning pitcher, and once every two times through the rotation, that's OK...but the hard lesson the Yankees have learned is that they need their starters to go a minimum of 6 and are better when they go 7, so they can hand off to a mix of Joba, Sori, DRob and Mo...the rest of the bullpen is solid, but the end-of-the-game, 1 inning guys are great. Hughes is younger, Garcia is more reliable...Burnett is expensive and expendable.

This is incorrect.

 
February 11, 2012  02:34 PM ET
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I got a better idea. Who the hell cares. The majors are saturated with better teams than NY.

So you are saying you don't want to be taken seriously.

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