As usual the spark came via FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal who reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates might land Burnett. He also wrote that the Yankees were willing to eat most of the $33 million Burnett is still owed, just so GM Brian Cashman can use the little money left over as leverage to sign a bench player?
Rosenthal wrote an MLB Buzz post on this supposedly breaking news, which led to a twitter freak out, and within a few hours he chalked it up to being due diligence, go figure.
Just for the record, I still believe that trading Burnett would be a bad move by the Yankees; and I have no intention of jumping on this ant-Burnett soapbox like the majority of Yankee Universe.
Honestly, Yankee fans need to stop acting so spoiled and entitled about getting rid of Burnett.
Paying a player somewhere between $25 -33 million over the next two seasons to leave is quite extreme in the case of Burnett.
He is a good teammate and a hard worker, but Burnett can also be productive but Yankee fans love to hate and it embarrasses the rest of us.
Since my opinion on Burnett is well documented, but if you need a refresher read Apologize To AJ Burnett; AJ Burnett Expects To Start And I Do Too and Fifth Starter Competition Looks To Be A Dogfight.
Otherwise, just so you know I am not alone in my SAVE BURNETT campaign.
ESPN New York’s Matt Ehalt recently quoted an answer given by the Yankees newly disparaged GM at a college Q & A about how he felt about AJ Burnett:
“I am comfortable with A.J.,” Cashman said. “He’s extremely talented and has been inconsistent, but I can tell you I’m comfortable with the effort he’s giving, I’m comfortable with everything that he does, the accountability that comes with him. Obviously, we signed him to have more success than he’s having, but it’s a competitive industry and as long as he’s not going to give up on himself, then I’m going to have his back the entire way.”
Well, since Cashman made that statement on February 1st his creditability has really “hit the fan.” As who knows where Cashman’s off-season antics might land him, but not far from a TMZ special; and before A-rod or Jeter even make the shows list.
If Cashman is truly a man of his word on the field, than Ken Rosenthal is a jerk for starting this mess up again.
In life sometimes spreading a rumor is just not worth it. Remember that just cause athletes are rich, and worshipped like Gods doesn’t devoid them of feelings and Burnett has taken enough of a beating for now.
- Suprise: Yankees still trying to move A.J. Burnett (riveraveblues.com)
- You: New York Yankees: Will They Trade A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates? (bleacherreport.com)
- New York Yankees: AJ Burnett Expects To Start And I Do Too (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Olney: Yanks want Garrett Jones from Pirates for Burnett (riveraveblues.com)
- New York Yankees News and Notes (pinstripealley.com)
- Bucs: Pirates Interested In A.J. Burnett? (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- MLB Hot Stove Report (pinstripealley.com)