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Yankees Agree to Trade Burnett To Pirates

Yankees Agree to Trade A.J Burnett To Pirates

By Delia E.

Well, it seems that A.J Burnett is finally on his way out of the Bronx. The Pirates & the Yankees have agreed to a trade that would send A.J Burnett to the Pirates reported MLBTradeRumors. There is still “one final detail” that will be worked out but the Yankees will send $20 Million and Burnett to the Pirates for 2 low level minor leaguers. The final detail might just be which minor leaguers to send to the Yankees as the 2 teams are in a bit of a debate as to which minor prospects will make it to George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Burnett’s physical is scheduled for Sunday and due to the amount of money that is going around in the deal, the trade will need to be approved by the league. The Yankees and Pirates hope to talk to the commissioner sometime today. Burnett posted a 4.79 ERA, a 1.9 K/BB ratio & a 1.45 WHIP with 3 seasons in New York. He played a big role in the 2009 World Series & a role in the 2011 ALDS.

The Yankees will now be able to use some of their payroll and add a bat to the bench. It is rumored that the Yankees are interested in Raul Ibanez & Eric Chavez.

We wish A.J Burnett the best of luck with the Pirates and I’m sure some of us will be watching him.

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A.J Burnett To Pirates Could Happen In Next 24 Hours

A.J Burnett To Pirates Could Happen In Next 24 Hours

By Delia E.

After weeks of speculation, multiple sources reveal that A.J Burnett’s tenure as a New York Yankee might finally be coming to an end, reports YES Network.

MLB Insider Jim Bowden tweeted on Thursday that the Yankees and Pirates are closer to finalizing a deal and the trade could happen within the next 24 hours. ESPN’s Buster Olney also tweeted something similar on Thursday. Burnett had rejected a trade to the Angels due to his wife’s fear of flying & the Indians & Yankees deal failed which could have sent Travis Hafner to the Yankees.

Ranking AL East Starting Pitchers

Our week long series of ranking every position in the AL East with the starting pitchers continues.

Starting Pitcher #1

1. C.C. Sabathia, NYY

2. Jon Lester, BOS

3. David Price, TB

4. Ricky Romero, TOR

5. Zach Britton, BAL

Sabathia gets the edge over Lester due to being an absolute workhorse. Sabathia has averaged 226 innings per year compared to 211 for Lester over a much longer career. Sabathia has also outperformed Lester the last two years, with Lester being a big reason for Boston’s collapse last season. Last season, Sabathia had a 7.1 WAR and Lester had a 3.7 WAR. Price had a bit of a down year last year going 12-13, with a 3.49 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP. However, with his outstanding fastball and slider he should bounce back fine. Romero had a fabulous season last year going 15-11, with a 2.92 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP. Despite having a lesser year I will take Price in the long run over Romero. Britton came out firing for the O’s but fell off drastically. The Orioles at #5 on these pitching lists will be a pattern.  Read the rest of this entry

Morning Bits: Burnett, Preston Mattingly, Pineda, Cano

We are now 4 days away till pitchers and catchers have to report to Spring Training.  By now we know some are already at the facility to go with some of the position players.

Here are some links to get your morning going….

* David Waldstein of the New York Times mentions that the Yankees are getting ready to trade another disappointing pitchers.

* Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York asks whose team is this, anyway?

* Anthony McCarron of the Daily News reports that Preston Mattingly knows there’s no free ride in Bombers’ camp.

* McCarron also writes that Cano is helping Pineda fit into his pinstripes.

Open Thread: Pineda, Best Bullpen, Burnett, Soler

Good evening all.  Still no trade yet involving Burnett.   Some twists and turns with the rumors today.  Also Buster Olney tweeted the the Yankees are in the running for Jorge Soler.  I wrote about him early in the winter click here to read that. Here are some other links to get you through the night.

* The Washington Post reports that Pineda has already joined the team for some early workouts.

* has an article ranking the best bullpens and the Yankees earned the top spot.

* According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Pirates remain the likeliest trade candidate for A.J. Burnett.

This is your open thread feel free to comment about whatever you like.

Enjoy the nite.

Spanning the Yankee Blogs: Bullpen, Nova, AJ, DH, 5th spot

Welcome to Spanning the Yankee Blogs.  I take a look at all the blogs and then link an article from each.  We have linked a lot of great articles give them each a read.

* An A-Blog for A-Rod is breaking down the spring training invitees.

* Bleeding Yankee Blue has an article about the new Yankee Russell Branyan.

* Bomber Boulevard is saying no, no to Guerrero.

* Lady Loves Pinstripes is projecting the 2012 New York Yankees lineup.

* New York Yankees Universe is giving away five t-shirts.

* Pinstripe Alley has a good read on Ivan Nova.

* River Ave Blues is making sense of the Burnett trade rumors.

* The Captain’s Blog mentions that Burnett’s departure could give Hughes his last chance.

* The Greedy Pinstripes wonders who will get the 5th spot if AJ is traded.

* The Yankee Analysts breaks down the 2012 bullpen.

* Yanks Go yard thinks Raul Ibanez is not the answer for the DH spot.

Morning Bits: Jeter, Hughes in shape, Burnett, Damon

Good Morning all.  We are now 5 days till pitchers and catchers report to spring training.  Will today be the day that we find out if A.J. Burnett get’s traded?  Today is Valentine’s Day the day for “Love”  and many Yankee fans would love to see AJ pack up his things and get out of New York.

Now onto the links….

* Anthony McCarron of the Daily News writes that Jeter confesses he’s older and wiser as spring training approaches.

* McCarron has another article this one on the topic of Hughes getting in shape to make pitch at rotation.   I don’t know about you all but I really hope we get the Hughe’s of two years ago in 2012.

* Daniel Barbarisi of The Wall Street Journal looks into where A.J. Burnett places in the pantheon of busts.

* Joel Sherman of the NY Post says the Yankees fear Impatient Damon’s quest for 3,000.

* Yahoo reports that Madonna has added a second concert at Yankee stadium.

Open Thread: Fantasy Baseball, Jeter, Guerrero, Burnett

Good evening all lots of chatter tonight about A.J. Burnett.  Also some of the Yankees have arrived to the spring training complex which is a great sign.  Here are some news and notes to get you going.  Any thoughts share them in the comments section.

* First off our writer Matthew B. started our first ever Yankee Fans Unite Fantasy Baseball league.  The league is half way filled so if you want in and even if your new to fantasy baseball give it a try.  Click the link for all the information.

* The New York Post has a story about Jeter calling the new additions to the American League “scary”

* Newsday writer Erik Boland has a nice piece about Jeter beginning his 20th year in Yankee pinstripes.

* Sports Illustrated mentions that Vlad Guerrero wants to play for the Yankees.

The latest I have from Heyman came around 3:45 involving AJ

Enjoy the nite.  Check back for updates.

the latest from Sherman

Morning Bits: Burnett, Spring Training, Top Teams

Good morning all.  Back to another start of the week.  But get excited only 6 days till pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

Let’s get right to the links….

* The New York Times reports that the Yankees and Pirates are in serious talks for Burnett.  I’m sure many of you prayed last night for this to happen.

* The New York Post chimes in on the verge of the AJ Trade as well.

* Bryan Hoch of writers that the Yankees are heading to camp with a plethora of starters.

* Joel Sherman of the New York Post states that the Red Sox and Yankees are no longer alone at the top.

Yankees & Pirates Have Framework For Possible Burnett Trade Set

Yankees & Pirates Have Framework For Possible Burnett Trade Set

By Delia E.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, he says that the Yankees and Pirates have framework set for the possible A.J Burnett trade and they are now working through the conditions of the framework. The Burnett deal is not done but the Yankees and Pirates have common ground and as of today the Pirates are a clear front runner for Burnett. Olney also reports that the Yankees haven’t agreed on the final players of the trade or the dollar amount but they are talking within common ground to settle all of those details.

Morning Bits: Burnett, Wildcard

Good morning and Happy Sunday to all! This Sunday is special because in exactly 1 week, Pitchers and Catchers report to Spring Training. Let’s move on to the Morning Links.

– The A.J Burnett to the Pirates trade “has legs” and has a good chance of happening.

– A.J Burnett says that “he’s fine” with all the trade talk that’s going on that could send him to the Pirates

– Andrew Marchand breaks down how the extra wildcard rule will have an impact if it goes into effect this year.

What Would Be Fantastic To See In Spring Training?

With Spring Training in less than 2 weeks, fans begin to plan the trip down to the George M. Steinbrenner Complex where Pitchers and Catchers will report on February 19. Fans are looking forward to a lot of things such as seeing Hiroki Kuroda & Michael Pineda in pinstripes for the first time and to catch a glimpse at some heroes from last year such as David Robertson, CC Sabathia &  of course Mariano Rivera. 2011 was a great year for the Yankees (even though they had an early exit to the playoffs) but 2011 is in the past and it’s time to look forward to what will come in 2012. There are a lot of things that fans would like to see in Spring Training, but what would be the top 5 things that would make Spring Training glorious?

1. A Healthy Alex Rodriguez: It would be nice to see a healthy A-Rod in Spring Training hitting the balls over the fence as if nothing had happened. A-Rod’s .276/.362/.461 line wouldn’t exactly startle fans, until you looked at his power numbers. Throughout the whole season A-Rod hit 16 HR’s & 62 RBI’s, which was the first time since 1995 that A-Rod didn’t hit more than 30. Hopefully with the knee treatment he had in Germany, he’ll be back to tip top shape by the time he steps in the batters box on March 2nd.

2. Phil Hughes‘s Velocity Return: When Phil Hughes entered George M.

Phil Hughes is expected to be in shape this Spring Training

Steinbrenner Field in 2011, he looked a bit out of shape. It might have been because he would have gotten a starting job to begin the season anyway. When Hughes pitched in early 2011, fans were not pleased with what they saw. (I admit I was one of them that yelled when he entered the dugout, which I now feel bad for.) In 2011, Hughes’s fastball would clock as high as 91 MPH and that is not a lot compared to the 95-96 MPH that he threw in 2010. Hughes has taken the precautions to avoid losing his spot in the rotations such as losing weight and attempting to gain velocity over the 2011 off season. Let’s hope to see a healthy Hughes when he enters Spring Training in a matter of days.

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Morning Bits: Robertson, Rivera, Burnett, Cervelli, Zimmer, Pineda

Good morning! Happy Saturday everyone and it should be exciting because there are only 8 days until Pitchers and Catchers report for Spring Training! Onto the Morning Links!

– David Robertson is not worried about following the footsteps of one of the greatest closers of all time; Mariano Rivera.

– Don Zimmer (who now works for the Tampa Bay Rays) said that the Rays will give the Yankees “All they can handle.”

– Even with all the bad things that has been said about A.J Burnett, Francisco Cervelli backs him up and says how A.J is “one of the best guys on the team.”

– Andrew Marchand evaluates Michael Pineda and questions how good will he be.

Morning Bits: Prospects, 2012 Preview, Burrnett trade rumors, Cano, Cashman

Good morning all it’s Friday. 9 more day till pitchers and catchers have to report.

Let’s get right to the links…..

* In case you missed it yesterday Espn’s Keith Law came out with his top 100 prospects and four Yankees made the list click the link to see who and where they landed.

* Rotowire has The Yankee 2012 Preview.  This is filled with tons of information such as sleepers, projected lineup & rotation.  This article is worth the read.

* From The New York Post writer Dan Martin says the Yankees are gauging teams interest in AJ.  The article goes on saying they are having “conversations with several clubs.”

* Cano went against Denzel Washington in trivia on the Jay Leno Show The Daily News has the recap.

* The Daily News has all the latest on the Cashman mess.

* The Yankees want Garrett Jones for Burnett reports Yahoo’s Mark Miller.

Is A.J Burnett Really Better Than We Think?

A.J Burnett is the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde of baseball. There are times where you want to say, “thank goodness we have A.J” and there are times where you want to say, “why on earth do we have A.J?” Fans think that A.J Burnett is mostly bad based on the last 2 years he’s been in the Bronx, but Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York doesn’t seem to think that A.J is all bad. As a matter of fact, Matthews think that A.J is pretty good and that we are only looking at the big picture. As a matter of fact, take a read at this:

The list of American League starting pitchers with the highest rate of strikeouts per nine innings pitched in 2011 is as follows: Brandon MorrowMichael PinedaJustin Verlander, Gio GonzalezDavid PriceCC SabathiaFelix HernandezJon LesterC.J. Wilson – and Allan James Burnett.

In addition, there are only 11 starting pitchers in the AL who induced more ground balls last year than A.J. Burnett.

Of course, a strikeout or a ground ball are two of the best results a pitcher can hope for once he lets go of the baseball, and Burnett was among the league leaders in both. That combination usually means a sub-4.00 ERA and a W-L record to match.

And if you want to get all Saber-Geeky about it, Burnett’s xFIP of 3.86 — an advanced measurement of a pitcher’s effectiveness on plays not involving fielders — was comparable to that of Matt Cain (3.78) and Jered Weaver (3.80) to name two pitchers any Yankees fan would take over Burnett in a heartbeat.

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Morning Bits: Jim Henry, Jose Campos, Jeter, Burnett, Yogi, Teixiera, Chavez

Good morning all.  Enjoy the day.  Let’s get right to the links….

* The Yankees hired former Cubs GM Jim Henry.

* Baseball America ranks Jose Campos 5th on the updated Yankees prospect list.

* Cash wouldn’t change Jeter negotiations. He also has Burnett’s back.

* Stat of the Day about Mark Teixeira from ESPN.

* Yogi and Teixeira were honored with Munson Awards.

* Andrew Marchand of reports that the Yankees are still interested in re-signing Eric Chavez.


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