Rumors: Yankees and Pirates have framework for Burnett deal

With seven starters fighting for five rotation spots it looks like the Yankees really are going to trade A.J. Burnett this offseason. Here is the latest:

  • The Yankees and Pirates have the “framework” for a deal in place with the Pirates, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
  • The two sides have not agreed on a dollar amount of which players will come back to the Bronx, but they are working on that within the established “framework,” Olney said.
  • The Pirates are more likely to compromise on the money spent on A.J. than the prospects, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes.
  • Joel Sherman of the NY Post said that the Yankees are still trying to make sure nothing else in available before making a deal. Meaning that they can’t just acquire a DH for Burnett straight up.
  • Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that they are actually in discussions with as many as four teams.
  • Out of the four teams the Yankees have talked to only one has been on A.J.’s no-trade list and that the Pirates are being the most aggressive of the other three, Sherman said.
  • Sherman said that all signs are that Burnett will eventually be moved and the money will go toward signing Eric Chavez and a left handed DH.
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12 Responses to Rumors: Yankees and Pirates have framework for Burnett deal

  1. Diamondcutter says:

    Sounds like AJ is gone. This is probably the best, Yankees have too many starters fighting for the 5th spot in the rotation, and they need to fill the DH role and backup infielder. This will probably be done in the next couple of days, Spring training starts this week and they have to firm up their roster.

  2. NYYinATL says:

    I read a rumor that the Yankees may be able to get Travis Hafner from CLE for AJ and cash. That's an interesting one as well if Hafner is healthy.

    • You didn't read a rumor. You read Joel Sherman's guess. That may end up being possible, but so far we have to assume that is not on the table. Certainly considering how healthy he has been over the past few years, I don't like the idea of getting Hafner.

      • Gonzalo says:

        I don't like Hafner. but let´s be honest, we aren't going to receive a lot for Burnett.
        Maybe Cashman should push harder for G. Jones, it could be a good decent player for us.

  3. Tom Wotus says:

    I'm a die-hard PIRATE fan, but if it means parting with GARETT JONES, so be it. GJ didn't make or break the Pirates last season. In a weak NL Central (and a weak but improving team) Burnett could actually be the #1 or #2 starter. Jones would be a platoon guy for the Yanks, and fill in at 1B or RF & LF. It's not as if the Pirates were trading Brian Giles. As far as how much $$ each team should have to pay-MLB could solve this quite easily and handle it like any other job: past employers do not owe us a CENT. My present employer signs MY paycheck-PERIOD. I'd pull the string on THIS one, if I were the PIRATES!!

  4. john says:

    Hafner is another guy who isnt the same and gets hurt alot.
    Wonder what he did to get do big?
    Anyway would love Garret Jones too bad they wont give him.
    But Thank You AJ Burnett for saving the 09 world series with the great game 2.
    Ill never look at him as a bust for that one night.

  5. Tanned Tom says:

    Has to happen for NY, there is no role for this player, and the salary is a sunk cost, so anything saved is of value. As for what's coming back, it doesn't really matter. This is a salary dump, get a player who actually is usefull and that's just icing.

  6. Mel says:

    I like the idea, get rid of AJ and free up 10 mil for Chavez and Ibanez. Yanks roster will be much deeper than last year and no more heartburn when watching AJ pitch. They have Hughes and Garcia for 5th spot and they both are much better options than AJ. Sianara pal…

  7. Elena123 says:

    Burnett not going anywhere until trade deadline
    I do think one of the four teams is the mets
    But Yankees and mets are not normally trade partners
    How about Burnett to Miami ?
    They seem to like throwing cash around
    And Yankees would have won 2009 ws
    Without him

  8. @MacGrand says:

    One idea I heard (no rumor, just idle talk) would be AJ to the Mets for Jason Bay. They both are "owed" 32-33 Mil over the next two seasons …

    Swisher and Bay are about a "wash" at the plate, Swisher being a better fielder.

    But Swisher has more trade value and might bring minor league talent in return as well as freeing up $ to sign Chavez and a LH DH type …

    • Fred says:

      I've heard that bounced around too, but Swish and Bay are far from a wash at the plate, at least based on last year.

  9. john says:

    Too bad they wont give Garret Jones up.
    They platooned him at times last year so what is their deal?
    Im glad the Hafner stuff was bs. He is a poster boy for roid suspect.