Hal: Yankees optimistic on Burnett

Back in New York after catching the red-eye from Las Vegas. In case you’re wondering, chalk these Winter Meetings up as a big ‘L’ for me at the tables … but more importantly, a huge ‘W’ for the Yankees. CC Sabathia is in the fold, the talks are still warm for Mike Cameron, and here’s a note we just put up over on the MLB Hot Stove blog:

Hal Steinbrenner is optimistic that A.J. Burnett will soon join the New York Yankees’ rotation behind CC Sabathia, accomplishing the club’s primary objective of upgrading their starting pitching.

The Yankees co-chairman told Newsday in a telephone interview Friday that Burnett – who is said to be in decision-making mode – could soon accept the Yankees’ five-year, $80 million offer.

“We’re interested in him and he’s interested in us,” Steinbrenner told the newspaper. “Obviously, New York has a lot to offer, and playing for the Yankees is just a great thing.”

The Atlanta Braves are pushing to acquire Burnett and are prepared to provide a similar offer, and agent Darek Braunecker said that a third unidentified team could serve as a potential suitor.

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They Call us Evil empire ? calls us whatever you want , but we are back , Steinbrenner all what I can say “god bless you”

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I know this isn’t really A.J. Burnett info…
but it seems the Yankees moved to quickly when they went out and traded for Nick Swisher and since he doesn’t have a no trade clause it might be time for them to shift gears and use him in a another trade.
the yankees need a number three hole hitter…
maybe Carlos Lee or somebody…
but it looke like Ty Wiggington has been made a free agent by the Astros and his numbers are comparable to Swisher’s…
he wouldn’t cost the Yankees any draft picks or minor league players and he probably could be obtain for less than half of what Swisher is due…
the Yankees could have probably threw in one extra player than they did in the Swisher deal and maybe got Matt Holliday in return instead of letting him go to the Oakland A’s…and the 3 hole would not be in question..
and then first base could have been filled by Ty Wiggington…..285 avg./23hr/58rbis/.350 OBP./with 386 at bats in 111 games
Swisher…. .219 avg./24hr/69rbi/.332 OBP./with 497 at bats in 153 games…these are very comparable numbers but for half the money…
even though he is listed as a thirdbaseman…he could play first and he has play the corner outfield position through out his career…

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bronxkidd, i rather see the rotation as..
CC
AJ
Wang
Joba
??

i would put AJ as no.2 in the rotation; he was the AL strikeout leader last year(231); his record is 5-0 against the Red Sox, and i would pit AJ against Dice-K;
and maybe Wang at no.3 could get 20+ wins also

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Cashman didn’t learn his lesson with Pavano–or was this a Steinbrenner call? How many 200 plus inning years does this guy have –3??? Wow!
The Yanks like to throw their money away!! Burnett might not be the —hole tha Pavano was–but his 2 best seasons were pre- free agent years—this deal sucks. Better to sign Pettite and Ben Sheets–less years and less risk.

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Guess Cashman didn’t learn his lesson with Pavano. Or was this a Steinbrenner call? The oft injured Burnett wow!–only 3 seasons with 200 plus innings. Wow! better to sign Ben Sheets to a two year deal– and lessen the risk. These guys like to throw money away. Pavano was a major joke and Burnett might not be the —hole that Pavano was–but you’ve got to be kidding me!

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You didn’t use my masterfull link bryan? Well the Sox’ got um new jerseys!! ha

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CC
Wang
Bunett
Joba
Hughes

I do not get tired of typing that. Last year this seemed like a pipe dream. We wen from Wang, Mussina, Hughes, Kennedy, Pettitte to this. If these gys can stay healthy for the year ( Girardi is good at this ), we will eat everybody *** for lunch. Next offseason, we really need to address the positional part of the roster.

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I don’t mean to sound greedy or anything, but I don’t think Cashman should take a deep sigh of relief yet. I don’t want to see another year where Girardi has to piece together a make-shift rotation like he had this year. Why not add Sheets and Pettitte to the rotation and move Joba back to the pen? Pettitte’s deal will be for only one year and by then Hughes or Kennedy (or Brackman) won’t need to be rushed to the show before they are ready. I suppose asking for Texeira on top of that is asking too much! If they do add Cameron to play CF, and lose the OBP’s of Abreu and Giambi, I think the offense will be even more woeful than this year. Cameron would help the D, but he strikes out a ton and has a mediocre OBP. If Pettitte decides to retire, I wouldn’t mind trading Nady and Kennedy to S.D. for Peavy and resigning Abreu. Of course signing Texeira would be the best cure for the offense and defense!

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Already the best rotation in baseball. Enough said.

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I think that if we don’t sign Pettitte, we can afford to give the fifth spot to the man who earns it out of the group of Hughes, Kennedy, Aceves and Geise. Pettitte would really help put that rotation in stone though. With Hughes or Kennedy, it seem flimsy with their injury history; Then again, ANYBODY can get hurt, so my statement lacks logic.

I love the rotation, in other words.

CC
Wang
Burnett
Joba
Hughes

Guys, who cares who’s where in the rotation, we have a chance to go throufh five straight wins with that rotation. Joba outdueled Beckett, and he’s in our FOUR spot.

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I agree, I don’t see Cashman going out to get another free-agent unless the talks with Pettitte went well today in Texas. Though I am very skeptical about the length of A.J.’s contract I am getting a little giddy looking at the rotation. It reminds me of the late 90’s when we were rockin’ Clemens Pettitte and Wells… when we were getting championships’ 23, 24, 25 and 26. I also think Wang is our #2 guy, he’s earned it. If he hadn’t been injured this year he probably would have won 18-21 games. He’s earned it. What do you all think the chances of landing Teix though? I thought we were a long-shot before C.C. and A.J., it seems extremely and highly unlikely.

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CC
Wang
Burnett
Joba
Hughes

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Man is Aussie Bryan excited, Iwent to NYC in 08 for 9 games against Tigers, Indians and the Mariners when they were without Posada and ARod and with Joba in the pen and without a pitcher outside of Mussina and Wang. Now I will again be in NYC in May full of optimism with a line up of CC, Burnett Wang Joba Hughes and I think Pettie slotting in at 5. That is an impressive lineup. I would say Casman put the cue in the rack, no more pursuing pitching, two out of two is an enormous coup and shoud satisfy those who think Cashman cannot get it done. He has handled the matters superbly, outdoing all opposition who were gunning for the same two with almost much monetary support as he had. For the offense I would say leave it as it is, witha a heathy Matsui and Posada to come back and a resurgent Cano it leaves a starting lineup to choose from — Damon, Jeter, Cano Rodriguez Nady Posada Swisher Abreu and Matsui and Cabrera that is an offensive lineup to die for given the choices and versatility there.The bull pen looks very strong even with Joba out of it, I cannot see it being taxed or overworked with the five starters above. I wonder if The Yankees still flagged as 6-1 to win the W/S now. I took the 6-1 already, it will now come down to 4-1 in my opinion. If the unforseeable happens and they get Texeira look out. It would challenge an All Star lineup from both Leagues.

Aussie Bryan

Roll on April 09.

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It’s a done deal ( pending physical) and I think we’ll sign Sheets (2years) and Pettite for 10mil (1year). I hope we start focusing on the offense. I’m advocating landing Texiera at 1st base and batting him 3rd. I know the redsox are making him an offer. We haven’t had a decent hitting and reliable 1st baseman since Tino. Tex would be a giant plus (after losing Abreu/Giambi Hr’s/RBI’s) toward a solid future after Jeter and Posada are gone in 2/3years, with the best years behind them. Damon and Matsui come off the books next year. Swisher, In my humble opinion, will play an outfield role and utility player at 1st./DH.. He’s not going to replace Abreu’s OBP nor Giambi’s HR’s. Both Swisher and Cameron (if it goes thru?) are high strike out batters. Clutch hitting (outside of Jeter) we don’t have. So, I hope we take serious consideration(even with the signing of C.C. and apparently Burnette) in signing Tex. I hate to see the RedSox land him, because I know Old Man George would have landed Tex already considering losing the RBI’s/HR’s form last year and possibly just as important? letting the RedSox land a player that would impact any offense dramatically, along with gold glove caliber. Sign TEX!!!

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Yankees reach five-year, $82.5M agreement with Burnett-Bryan Hoch
http://hotstove.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/12/yankees_reach_fiveyear_825m_ag.html

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Well, the rumours are it’s done. Can’t say I agree but welcome to the Bronx AJ. Everyone’s going on about this new 1-2 punch, I wonder what Wang’s thinking? If he’s the no3 guy, Wang’s the best no 3 in baseball.

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So if the Yankees have so much money to be tossing around how come they (and the Mets) are going back to the citizens of NY asking for more money for their stadiums?

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

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If they sign Burnett or not, the move for Cameron(bridge to Austin) and Swisher (bridge to jeter or porsada in the future) will improve the defense. Good pitching need a good defense. A 5th hole hitter would be nice behind A-Rod,someone the pitchers fear or respect.

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