Nightly Notes: Burnett, Drew, Rondon, Stanton 10


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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.


10 thoughts on “Nightly Notes: Burnett, Drew, Rondon, Stanton

  • Dan

    In 3-6 years (6 being modest in my mind) the marlins will b begging one of the big market teams to take this entire contract off their hands. Being a Yankee fan I hope it the Yankees get Stanton when the Marlins realize there in over their heads but I can't help but think right now wouldn't it be amazing if the Cubs said "hey Miami will take Stanton n his contract off your hands". Would love to hear what other commenters think about that theory

  • Balt Yank

    Baseball economics has really changed for the Marlins to be offering $300+ million over 10 years for Stanton, who has 5 years in the MLB and has 1 good year with 105 RBIs (2014). What a huge risk to expect he'll do it for 10 more (and 105 RBIs is not even super great, its straight up solid). To put it in perspective, Donnie Baseball hit .324 with 145 RBIs in his fourth year to win AL MVP. In the fifth year, Donnie hit .352 with 113 RBIs. Stanton contract = makes no sense.

  • Tina K

    The contract extension of Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton sounds interesting but the price is really high, lets see what will come out of this..

  • Brooklyn joe

    At least Stanton and Cano are still young enough for these contracts to make some sort of sense, as compared to A – Rod, and Pujols who will clearly be over the hill as their contracts mature. As much as I don't like long expensive contracts, don't you wish the Yanks still had Cano playing second base!

  • Rob Abruzzese

    13 years is insane. He JUST turned 25 though and he's already well underway to a Hall of Fame career. Unless he suddenly becomes very injury prone, he'll only be 37 by the end of the deal. That's younger than Beltran is right now.

    It's Miami, though, so we know that this contract is going to be entirely backloaded, they'll use him for 3-4 years and then trade him away. Watch, this is going to be a good deal for the Marlins in the end and a very bad one for somebody else.

  • Balt Yank

    Stanton has no stat that is amazing, period. He drove in over 100 runs once in his career. He is not a premier player. In comparison, Cano before Seattle has been the best hitting MLB 2B for many years now, .310 lifetime hitter with power, and 2 gold gloves. Of course, stats don't matter. It's how you chew the bubble gum.

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