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Yankees could save $15M with Burnett deal

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08:15 AM ET 02.17 | Yankees fans may yet come around on A.J. Burnett, in absentia. According to multiple sources, the Yankees and Pirates are nearing a deal that would send [Burnett] to the Pirates for two marginal prospects. Pittsburgh would absorb $13 million to $15 million of the $33 million Burnett is owed this season and next. "It will happen this weekend," a person familiar with the deal predicted. "Probably Saturday." The Pirates initially offered to pay $10 million, but the Yankees then demanded a significant prospect if they were going to pick up $23 million for a pitcher not on their team. Signed to a five-year deal worth $82.5 million after the 2008 season, Burnett helped the Yankees win the World Series in 2009.

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February 17, 2012  08:30 AM ET

And shaving cream

February 17, 2012  08:42 AM ET
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And shaving cream

You would think they'd have another photo of this guy on file.

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February 17, 2012  09:23 AM ET

That's a big finacial hit to get rid of a guy. I really don't get, why they paid so much for so long to Burnett? He really hadn't been spectacular previous to getting that deal.

February 17, 2012  09:36 AM ET

wow.. Pirates are so bad and poor they actually have to get other teams to help pay for the players they acquire. Can you say Moneyball 2

February 17, 2012  09:38 AM ET

If Brian Cashman gets the Bucs to pay $15M of AJ's contract, he will a shoo in for executive of the century.

February 17, 2012  09:51 AM ET

Unless you're his wife.

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February 17, 2012  09:54 AM ET

Get out of town already

February 17, 2012  09:56 AM ET

What's wrong with the pic? It's one of his best moments as a Yankee!

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February 17, 2012  10:00 AM ET
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If Brian Cashman gets the Bucs to pay $15M of AJ's contract, he will a shoo in for executive of the century.

That ain't happening....gotta remember Pittsburgh is on that "Ramen Noodles" every night budget...

February 17, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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At least he hit his spot with that throw.....

He hits his spots as a BP pitcher. I swear the Yankees were the only team that couldn't hit him. He used to dominate the Yanks. Anyway, thankfully this era is coming to an end. He can join Jeff Weaver, Hideki Irabu, Kei Igawa, Jaret Wright, Jose Contreras, Kyle Farnsworth, Kenny Rogers, Randy Johnson, Pavano.....and let me throw these in....Dave LaPoint, Lance McCullers, Ed Whitson and Tim Leary...for good measure.

February 17, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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That ain't happening....gotta remember Pittsburgh is on that "Ramen Noodles" every night budget...

I love Ramen Noodles..........

February 17, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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He hits his spots as a BP pitcher. I swear the Yankees were the only team that couldn't hit him. He used to dominate the Yanks. Anyway, thankfully this era is coming to an end. He can join Jeff Weaver, Hideki Irabu, Kei Igawa, Jaret Wright, Jose Contreras, Kyle Farnsworth, Kenny Rogers, Randy Johnson, Pavano.....and let me throw these in....Dave LaPoint, Lance McCullers, Ed Whitson and Tim Leary...for good measure.

He dominated Boston also when he was with the Jays. In fact, that's why the Yankees wanted him so bad.

February 17, 2012  10:10 AM ET
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He dominated Boston also when he was with the Jays. In fact, that's why the Yankees wanted him so bad.

True that...he dominated both teams when he wasn't a basket case. Ugh. Can't wait until he's gone.

February 17, 2012  10:10 AM ET

He will probably win 18 games with the Pirates.

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