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Yankees, Bucs in 'stare-down' mode on Burnett

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08:17 AM ET 02.15 | A.J. Burnett's future remains in limbo. The proposed trade between the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh that would make [Burnett] a Pirate is close but not quite done, and there are indications that the Yankees are pressuring Pittsburgh to sweeten its offer for the beleaguered 35-year-old right-hander. According to sources on both sides of the deal who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on the condition of anonymity, there is still optimism that a trade would be completed, perhaps as soon as this week, but there were still significant hurdles to be cleared. "We are in stare-down mode," an official with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPNNewYork.com.

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February 15, 2012  08:38 AM ET

Is this like the sour-puss face that AJ gives Girardi when he gets the hook?

February 15, 2012  08:40 AM ET

'Sweeten the offer'???

Yankees getting greedy now?

February 15, 2012  08:51 AM ET

I think "stare-down mode" in this instance goes something like this:

Yankees Brass: We want more for Burnett. He's awesome.

Pirates Brass: No and no.

Yankees Brass: <flashes stink-eye at Pirates Brass>

Pirates Brass: What are you doing?

Yankees Brass: We're in stare-down mode.

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February 15, 2012  09:17 AM ET

I would think the Pirates have all the leverage here.

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February 15, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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'Sweeten the offer'???Yankees getting greedy now?

No point in Cashman moving him if it only saves $5 million a year and gets no value in return. Simple as that.

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February 15, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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No point in Cashman moving him if it only saves $5 million a year and gets no value in return. Simple as that.

What do you think they're going to get in return? The guy's got a 5.20 ERA over the last two seasons.

I know if I was a GM, I wouldn't want him off my roster for any more than $5m/yr. Otherwise, he can suck in the Bronx for $16.5m.

February 15, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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But getting "no value in return" would in fact be, getting equal value.

Considering he's being paid $16.5m per and had an ERA almost a full run higher than the average American League starter, I'd say his value is negative.

So, the Yankees could get no value for him and actually be improving themselves.

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February 15, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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Good point. Sounds like a case of the big, bad Yankees trying to butt slam the poor wittle Pirates.Selig should step in and make sure he settles this.......by labor day

If I was the Pirates GM, I'd take Burnett provided they paid $30m of the remaining $33m on his contract and threw in a fungo bat and a case of big league chew.

February 15, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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What do you think they're going to get in return? The guy's got a 5.20 ERA over the last two seasons.I know if I was a GM, I wouldn't want him off my roster for any more than $5m/yr. Otherwise, he can suck in the Bronx for $16.5m.

I would think every NL team that needs a starter would gladly take Burnett for $5 bucks if they didnt have to give up a top prospect. A bunch of AL teams as well, certainly the Indians.

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February 15, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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If I was the Pirates GM, I'd take Burnett provided they paid $30m of the remaining $33m on his contract and threw in a fungo bat and a case of big league chew.

plus a few cases of shaving cream.

February 15, 2012  10:14 AM ET
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I hope you really meant $5 bucks and not $5 mil.... Do teams really hurt for 5+ ERA starters?

There is an almost zero chance Burnett would have a 5+ era in the National League.

February 15, 2012  10:17 AM ET

These deals are never as fast as the media is hoping they would be. What is a reporter to do. Write a column on how the deal is not done yet or praise what good this would do for both teams.

February 15, 2012  10:21 AM ET
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I hope you really meant $5 bucks and not $5 mil.... Do teams really hurt for 5+ ERA starters?

In fact, if the Yankees would pay $23 of the remaining $33 and not ask for any players in return I would think at least half the teams in baseball would take that deal in a heartbeat.

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