Are the Yankees mulling an A.J. Burnett reunion?

A.J. Burnett

A.J. Burnett had been toying with the idea of retirement this offseason before ultimately deciding he was going to pitch in 2014. Now that he made his decision, he has to choose a team to sign with. As the’Burnett Sweepstakes’ winds down, could it be possible that the Yankees would consider a reunion with Burnett?

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Glove believes so. According to Cafardo, he thinks the Burnett Sweepstakes could end up between the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Baltimore Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies but he wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees were interested in re-signing Burnett.

Before we write off Burnett, you have to admit the signing would make more sense than an Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez signing. Burnett doesn’t have a draft pick attached to him and he wouldn’t cost much money.

Of course, we remember Burnett’s last tenure with the Yankees and how it didn’t end so well. In three years with the Yankees (2009-2011), Burnett posted a 4.79 ERA, 1.447 WHIP and 1.99 K/BB. But after Burnett signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he pitched his way to a 3.41 ERA, 1.228 WHIP and 3.02 K/BB.

Now, let’s ask ourselves this: do the Yankees desperately need another starter? No. But if the Yankees really are considering to add to their rotation, I’d say to give Burnett another chance. It can’t hurt to take a look at him in Spring Training and have him compete for the fifth rotation spot along with Michael Pineda, David Phelps and Adam Warren. Maybe Burnett will prove he could be an asset to the Yankees ball club.

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21 Responses to Are the Yankees mulling an A.J. Burnett reunion?

  1. Michael R says:

    That would be a huge mistake. He can't pitch in the "Big Apple".

  2. Jarak says:

    One word: Javier. He didnt work second time after Amazing national league results.

  3. Sofia says:

    In my opinion Burnett has still a lot of talent, for 1 or 2 seasons he would be great for the Yankees team.

    • brian says:

      You're nuts. exactly as the poster above said. It will be the fourth coming of javier vasquez. Stay away Cah. We are set with the rotation. Dont even think about it. Learn from past mistakes. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

  4. Mitch says:

    It might be worth checking him out in Spring Training. When he's good, he can be very good and he would come in without the same pressures he had the first time around. Also, he wouldn't necessarily have to start. Couldn't hurt to see what he could do as a long reliever.

  5. Tanned Tom says:

    Sure, and while we're at it let's see what Ed Whitson's doing. Pffft!

  6. Shawneeboy says:

    The Yankees paid him to pitch well for the Pirates while they struggled with pitchers like Freddy Garcia and brought Andy Pettite out of retirement. Burnett pitched better than his numbers when he was a Yankee. He was the victim of poor run support and big innings. I liked Burnett, but i would rather see young guys get a chance in NY. Hope Burnett ends up in a place like the Natti that will appreciate his style and talents.

  7. Disbeliever says:

    You HAVE got to be kidding….
    Is your memory so short you cannot remember him getting BOMBED in the 1st. 2nd, 3rd, or 4th innings…
    I got Tired of Holding My Breath waiting for him to get SHELLED….

  8. SkinnyMikeAxisa says:

    No way he returns to Yankees…why would he ? unless Yanks gave him a contract he couldn't turn down.
    Unless he retires, it would make more sense to return to Pirates or go to Baltimore. There would be no pressure in either of those places…He seems to thrive in those situations.

  9. Fernando says:

    NO…NO….a thousand times NO!!!

  10. Dan says:

    the Yanks may need him ……

  11. Happy says:

    I think he's a good pitcher and I actually think he'd do well a second time around, unlike Javier. But why bother. It would just lend itself to the NY media having more stuff to harp on.

    Plus, why would AJ want to be a ST invitee for a possible 5th spot or long man for what… league minimum when he can get a whole lot more guaranteed money & a starting job somewhere else… and if he was willing to branch out to the west coast, he could make even more money? So why would he settle for a ST invite? This makes no sense. This is beyond silly to even suggest this.

    • Yankees fan says:

      He could fight for 3rd or 4th spot
      1 CC Sabathia
      2 Marshino Tanaka
      3 AJ Burnett / Hroki Kudrora
      4 AJ Burnett/ Ivan Nova
      5 Ivan Nova/ Micheal Pineda
      Or they can try to trade Micheal Pineda.

  12. michael mehnert says:

    id say bring him back,got much better support this time let him finish as a yankee

  13. @Jim_Catfish says:

    Wow!! I did not know that sports writers made up stories……..

  14. Yankees fan says:

    I say if they were to sign another pitcher get AJ Burnett or Johann Santana.

  15. jimmy says:

    screw aj Yankees need bullpen help rather spend the money on rodney

  16. they would be nuts bullpen and infield

  17. Making a decision on him based on Spring Training, strikes me as flat-out silly – for the reason already stated above: he chokes in NYC. Kenny Rogers, anyone? As stated above, Spring Training isn't anywhere close to real game pressure; so it will tell us nothing. Man, don't any of you supporters remember that all of his problems with us were mental/emotional, not physical? What the heck difference does it make how good he got after he left? I can't believe any amount of money would convince him to resign here, so fortunately I won't worry about this becoming a reality; but if the Yanks really were willing to consider this, the only way it would make sense to me would be if the Yanks had an out clause; something along the lines of if "you can't make a quality start in 3 of your first five games, the rest of your year's contract is voided." That should be enough time to determine if he's going to be Mr. Chokerooney again.

  18. Edweener says:

    The Yankees pick-up the JB assasin Carlos Beltran so no worries ….

  19. Edweener says:

    Your people forget baseball is a game of redemption.