AJ to Pirates deal in place...

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  1. BryanV21 Bear-O-Dactyl > Everything

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    Just heard on Twitter than one of the minor leaguers the Yankees are getting is Diego Moreno. Nice K rate.
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    Pirates, Yankees Agree To A.J. Burnett Trade
    By Mark Polishuk [February 17 at 12:04pm CST]

    12:04pm: The Pirates and Yankees have agreed to a trade that will send A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). "One final detail" is being worked out today, but the Yankees will send Burnett and $20MM to the Pirates in exchange for two low-level minor leaguers, leaving the Bucs responsible for the remaining $13MM in the two years left on Burnett's contract. This final detail could well be the identity of the minor leaguers, as CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that there is "still a bit of debate" between the clubs about which prospects will be going to New York.

    Burnett will take a physical on Sunday and, due to the amount of money changing hands, the trade needs to be approved by the league. As was reported earlier this morning by ESPN's Buster Olney, the Pirates and Yankees hope to be able to take the deal to the commissioner's office sometime today.

    The much-maligned Burnett posted a 4.79 ERA, a 1.99 K/BB ratio and a 1.45 WHIP in three seasons with New York after signing a five-year, $82.5MM contract in the 2008-09 offseason. He did, however, play a key role in the Yankees' 2009 World Series title and averaged 195 innings per year during his time in the Bronx. This durability makes the 35-year-old Burnett an attractive quantity to the Pirates, who haven't had a pitcher reach 195 innings since 2009.

    The Pirates have been looking for veteran starting pitching this winter but, after signing Erik Bedard, were turned down by free agents Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt. Burnett will have a guaranteed spot in a Pittsburgh rotation that will also feature Bedard and James McDonald, with Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton and Kevin Correia all likely battling for the final two spots.

    For the Yankees, getting $13MM of Burnett's salary off the books frees up enough payroll space for the team to pursue some depth needs. We've heard the Yankees are looking at Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez as left-handed bats to fill the part-time DH and backup infield roles, respectively.
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  4. BryanV21 Bear-O-Dactyl > Everything

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    Jonathan Mayo is reporting that the 2nd prospect is Exicardo Cayones. A 21 year-old OFer (mainly LF). I don't see anything to be excited about at all.
  5. BryanV21 Bear-O-Dactyl > Everything

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  6. irish whiskey

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    lol
    :fuckoff:
    • 1:51pm: The Pirates will pay Burnett $5MM this season and $8MM in 2013, tweets Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
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    Except the salary dump soon becoming official. Apparently it's $13 million and 2 prospects. I'm sure we wouldn't take organizational guys in return, so I'm guessing the "not top 30" kind of guys. But shit, the Pirates 31-35 are most likely better than ours, and I think ours are pretty good and have some serious potential (if you go by River Ave Blues it's Jake Cave (I'd take that), Jordan Cote (I'd take that), Ben Gamel (Meh, but I'd take that), Tommy Kahnle (I'd take that), and Matt Tracy (I would DEFINITELY take that). If you go by my list it's Bryan Mitchell (yup), Taylor Morton (yup), Jake Cave, Chase Whitley (yup), Claudio Custodio (yup), and Nik Turley (YUP). If you go by yet another source that's Brett Marshall, Daniel Camarena, Graham Stoneburner, Dan Burawa, and Chase Whitley, all of whom I'd take. There are some decent guys out there, esp in the Pirates Farm system, and I'm excited to see who we end up getting out of the deal. Considering its for AJ Burnett I'm glad we got anything.
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    Haha oops nevermind... looks like we got two scrubs.
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    That story about Moreno kissing a fan in the dugout is pretty funny though. I wonder if they were full on making out or just a peck on the lips/cheek
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    Actually Moreno would be pretty legit were it not for his age. Apparently he hits 95-98 on the radar gun with a slider and occasional change up. He has had some success in the past, but it doesn't look like he's ever been able to do it in AA or higher. The fact that he is a relief pitcher is a bonus, since his age is less concerning, however even if he has a good season he'll probably be picked up in the rule 5 as he was eligible last season.
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    Joel Sherman reports that RHP Diego Moreno is one of the Pirates prospects in the deal.
    Moreno is a reliever with pretty good strikeout numbers. He’s not highly touted, and I haven’t been able to find a ton of information about him, but he does seem to have a big fastball. One site claims that he regularly reached 97 mph with his four-seamer, and compliments it with a slider and a 3/4 arm angle.
    Can’t expect to get huge prospects in this deal, but there does seem to be something to like about Moreno.

    MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo reports that the second Pirates prospect in the A.J. Burnett deal is believed to be outfielder Exicardo Cayones. Still just 20 years old, Cayones has yet to play full-season ball. He’s a career .272/.372/.380 hitter in the lowest levels of the minors. He’s spent most of his time in left field, with a few appearances in center and right. He was apparently the most expensive Latin American amateur ever signed by the Pirates.
    The only thing that stands out to me is the on-base percentage. Obviously he’s pretty young and raw.
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  13. DBurchHero Ninja Cashman

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    Not entirely excited about either of these prospects...
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    selig will veto due to baseball reasons
  16. BryanV21 Bear-O-Dactyl > Everything

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    Buster Olney said the mystery team was the Phillies, who would have had to clear Blanton to make room.
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    Curious as to what their offer was. I'm sure it was nothing substantial. I'm sure it wasn't Domonic Brown or anything good like that.
  18. SouljahPhil... Active Member

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    IM just glad AJ is gone..Dont care about the prospects... Now my boy Philthy will have the slot....:irish:
  19. BryanV21 Bear-O-Dactyl > Everything

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    Fixed.

    I hope Hughes gets it too, but with him having had success in the bullpen, and Garcia not having success in the bullpen, don't be surprised if the rotation is "Sweaty".
  20. AllHailTheEmpire Member

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    We've got a legitimate shot to win it all this year. If Phil isn't cutting it, get him out of there and give Freddy a shot to do what he did last year. I'm all for giving Phil one final shot though. Could save us a lot of money in the future.

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