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Report: Yankees On ‘Brink’ Of Trading A.J. Burnett To Pirates

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Yankees fans may soon be saying goodbye to A.J. Burnett.

According to the New York Post, the Bombers are “on the brink” of trading Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Yankees have reportedly been in talks to ship the erratic right-hander to Pittsburgh. The Post reported Monday that the sides have an “outline of a deal in place,” though according to the New York Daily News, the teams are “still a good ways away” from an agreement.

Jon Heyman of said Friday that New York initially asked Pittsburgh to absorb nearly half of the $33 million remaining on Burnett’s contract. The Pirates reportedly countered with two so-so prospects and $10 million in cash.

The Yankees want “at least a reasonably decent prospect,” Heyman reported Sunday, but the Pirates are “more likely” to compromise on cash compensation than prospects.

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.”

Burnett went 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA in 2011. He also led the major leagues in wild pitches.

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, Murti reported last week.

Will a Burnett trade get done Monday? Make your prediction in the comments below…

  • dabooch

    Are the Yanks going to cut the ticket price with this move, ah I don’t think so. It’s like turning your car in early on a lease, you don’t have the use of it and your still paying, another Cashman brainstorm that seems to be the way of doing business these days.

  • Scott Roberts

    Did it get done yet?

  • John

    AJ gave it the best he had. Too bad New York has not worked out for him, but it is what it is. No one can say he didn’t try. Wish him the best wherever he goes – unless he’s pitching against the Yankees.

  • Moe

    Ironic that if Yanks end up winning game 5 against the Tigers we’d all remember AJ as saving our season by pitching well in Game 4.

  • Josh Yankee

    AJ’s below .500 winning percentage, along with his absurd ERA and lackluster ability to control his pitches along with his emotions means send him packing, use the money you’re saving paying him to get the utility players/Lefty DH to round out the team. At this point I’d happily just take cash for him and send him packing. Thanks for game 2 of the 09 WS AJ, you were AMAZING. But since then, only a shell of the pitcher you are capable of being. Go thrive on a small market team where you belong.

  • Keep Him

    So yankees have to pay 23 million and get 3 or 4 prospects that will probably never see the day in a Yankee uniform.Bad trade there has to be a way to use him even as middle reief.I cannot see this guy doing worse then what we have.Watch Pirates trade him to American league team and we will be paying him to beat us.

  • Robert Middlebrook

    Kenny Rodgers was like that too. Nice career before and after the Yankees. Great anywhere but with the Yankees.

  • steve

    if he concentrated on his pitching as much as he did when he was throwing pies into other players faces,maybe he would hace been a nuch better pitcher,,

    • Paul D

      Maybe Yanks should trade him to the American Bakers and Confectioners Union for a year’s worth of doughnuts, or something. He can bake the pies and then throw them. It seems to be the only thing he really excels at.

  • Mike

    Burnett doesn’t have a no-trade ? Surprising.

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