It’s been an incredibly quiet day in Yankee-land and that’s saying a lot considering Francisco Cervelli was traded, Alex Rodriguez continued to pop-up in the headlines and Chris Young was dubbed the fourth outfielder earlier this week. So lets end the night with some flyaway notes around the league.
— Ex-Yankee A.J. Burnett is going to Pittsburgh…where he’ll be greeted by a other ex-Yankees. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported Burnett signed a one-year, $8.5 Million deal to pitch for the Pirates. He reportedly turned down a lot more money from the Philadelphia Phillies and admitted he liked the atmosphere in Pittsburgh. He joins other ex-Yankees Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart (you could add Russell Martin in there if he re-signs with the team).
Burnett said he’d like to end his career with the Pirates, which I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened after the 2015 season.
— The Yankees are still searching for a shortstop and all the signs seem to point to Stephen Drew. However, it’s possible the Yankees aren’t the only team that has their eyes on Drew. The New York Mets possibly could use Drew’s services after experiencing a hole at shortstop as well. The Yankees banking on Drew short-term wouldn’t be the worst idea. There just isn’t anything in the market shortstop-wise this season. Plus, Drew would be a low-risk, high-reward signing.
— If anyone remembers the name Francisco Rondon, then this is going to be important: he signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves. He was on the Yankees 40-man roster for a while but he never made a Major League appearance with the Yankees.
— And now for the news that’s been buzzing around baseball: According to Jon Heyman of CBS, the Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton have been working on a contract extension and the proposal contract is pretty ridiculous: 13-years, $325 Million with an opt out clause.
The beauty of the contract is there isn’t a no-trade clause so should the deal get done and Stanton requests a trade down the road, the Marlins could trade him to another team…possibly the Yankees? I don’t know, it’s pretty much a pipe dream I have. Another one of my pipe dreams is getting Mike Trout and Buster Posey into Yankees pinstripes but that’s not happening either.