Heyman: Yankees, Pirates Trade Talks Progressing

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Yankees fans may soon get their wish: A.J. Burnett anywhere but the Bronx.

Talks between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Yankees are progressing and both teams have “continued optimism,” Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.

The teams are “thought to be a few million apart,” Heyman reported, though there’s still “hope” the deal could through.

He added that the Yankees initially asked Pittsburgh to absorb nearly half of the $33 million remaining on Burnett’s contract, Pittsburgh countered and offered to absorb $10 million of Burnett’s remaining contract.

Heyman also reported that the Yankees are looking for a decent return in potential prospects, but according to his source the Pirates are willing to pay more money than give up a potential prospect.

LISTEN: Heyman talks possible A.J. trade on WFAN

According to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti, the Bucs believe Burnett could thrive in a low-pressure market. The Pirates are not one of the 10 teams listed in Burnett’s no-trade clause, reported Murti.

New York general manager Brian Cashman let it slip in November that Burnett would be in the rotation “if he’s with us.” The comment made headlines and Cashman backtracked a bit, later telling the New York Daily News, “I won’t be shopping anybody.”

The Yankees could use the infusion of cash to secure a DH — Raul Ibanez or Johnny Damon, perhaps — and reserve infielder Eric Chavez, said Heyman.

The New York Post, meanwhile, reported on Friday that the Yankees are having “conversations with several clubs” about Burnett.

While not a model of consistency on the mound, the right-hander has proven to be a horse. Since signing with the Yankees prior to the 2009 season, Burnett has started in 33 (’09), 33 (2010) and 32 games (2011).

He pitched 207 innings his first year, 186.2 the next and 190.1 this past season.

Burnett went 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA in 2011.

Yankees fans, would you pull the trigger on Burnett for cash? Sound off in the comments below…
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  1. jadez says:

    if your paying all but 5 million a year there IS NO POINT IN TRADING THIS BUM.
    why? because he will still pitch better than anyone you can bring in at 5 million.
    now..if you dont want this guy pitching for you AT ALL then who cares what the cost is.
    have the yanks ever said they WOULD NEVER PITCH THIS BUM AGAIN?

  2. Joe D says:

    since when is $$$ an issue with the Yankees ?
    AJ is .500 pitcher who has been healthy……game 4 vs Tigers ???? DONT TRADE HIM

    1. Dominic says:

      Please……PLEASE STOP defending Burnett!!! He is a loser!!
      Regardless of Game 4 against Tigers you never know what you’re going to get with Burnett. Also, let’s not forget that when he ‘goes bad’ he usually finds a way too coyly blame it on someone else. The worst thing you (Cashman) can do with a guy (loser) like this is to wait to long to ‘cut-the-cord’.
      Bite-the-bullet…………pay the Pirates the money…….and win more games even if it’s with one of the kids from Scranton.
      P.S. I like Cashman, but why don’t they just let me run this team?!?!

  3. Josh Yankee says:

    You’re a moron. The Yanks got him because we was always lights out against the sox, and since becoming a Yankee, he has been horrible against them, as well as posting an absurd ERA and a under .500 win percentage. I’d trade him to the Sox to guarantee they don’t get in the playoffs. He is a basket case, plain and simple, who needs to be with a small market team to prosper. So long AJ, I’d take the cash!

  4. Dominic says:

    Lifelong Yankee Fan…..saw ‘The Mick’ play as a rookie. I have lived through some bad Yankee deals. My personal favorite (disasters) were Kevin Brown and ‘The Little Unit That Couldn’t’!!
    That-being-said, I would trade Burnett for the preverbial ‘bag of balls’! He is heartless, and and can NEVR be trusted in a big game!
    Getting rid of Burnett will be ADDITION by SUBTRACTION !!!!!!!!!

  5. Freddie says:

    Burnett is not as bad as the media and talk show callers make him out to be. He is never on the DL and he is capable of throwing a no hitter. As a Yankee fan, I have seen this act before, the front running fans will drive him out of town. In the end I don’t see the Pirates making the trade anyway.

    1. Dave says:

      Hes had a 5.00 plus era 2 years in a row ????????????

    2. Gifford Manes says:

      Are you actually watching him pitch. He has no control of his emotions.
      He is a powder keg waiting to exploded at any moment. It is all about him, all the time. He cannot see the game in front of him, so he blows games on a very regular basis.

  6. Fred says:

    If the Yankees took up a monetary collection from fans to add to the deal, I wonder how much they’d raise?

    1. Rochester Man says:

      twenty cents.

  7. Amused but not misled says:

    Throw in Joba too and clean house. Too less expensive and horribly mediocre pitchers.

    Maybe we can a case of Red Bull for the lot?

    1. Paul D says:

      Joba was ruined by the Yankee heirarchy. He was anything but “horribly mediocre” in 2007 when he was virtually untouchable. They screwed with his head and his growth. Let’s hope that Hughes rebounds from the same treatment. If not, then two no misses will have been utterly ruined by men sitting around a conference table and nowhwere near the field of competition.

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  9. Eric says:

    As erratic and inconsistent as A.J. has been over the past three seasons, I think it’d be wise to keep his arm on the staff given the durability issues of Hughes, the aging Garcia and A.L.East-unproven Kuroda.

    A.J. is still capable of throwing good games so long as the control is there and his head is on straight. He never complains about the situation and has always shown that he wants to have the ball in his hand no matter what the situation – he believes he can get out of it. No sulking from this horse. We all know that he can light it up and with the right guidance I think he can still produce for this staff.

  10. Bob says:

    AJ, don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

  11. DUKE says:

    AS LONG AS HE GOES TO THE NATIONAL LEAGUE…OTHERWISE SEND HIM TO A SPORTS SHRINK CUZ HE IS OBVIOUSLY A HEAD CASE ON THE MOUND, NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND HE CAN GET PEOPLE OUT AND IT’S ONLY A GAME. I KEEP HIM IF IF THEY WANT TO KEEP HIM IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE BECAUSE THE ONLY TEAM HE USED TO BEAT ON A REGULAR BASIS IS THE YANKEES.

    1. Paul D says:

      Duke, the caps lock button is conveniently located just to the left of the letter “A.” As far as the syntax is concerned… well, there you’re on your own.

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