• Heyman: Yanks Offer Burnett $80 Mill For Five

    Posted by on December 10th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    Via Jon Heyman

    The Yankees are believed to have offered free-agent starter A.J. Burnett a five-year, $80 million deal. The Atlanta Braves are considered the other main contender for Burnett, and they offered him a four-year contract for $60 million with a vesting option for a fifth year. It isn’t known yet whether Atlanta will match the Yankees’ big bid. The Nationals, Orioles, Blue Jays and Red Sox also have spoken to Burnett’s camp at the meetings.

    The Yankees also remain very interested in free-agent starter Derek Lowe, having talked to him about a four-year, $60 million deal. Additionally, the Yankees have been reviewing the medical records of Ben Sheets and are interested in him, depending on how the negotiations go with Burnett and Lowe, and are still considering bringing Andy Pettitte back to the Bronx for another season.

    I still feel the same way about the Burnett thing as I did two days ago. But, then again, the Braves are no fools and they seem hot and heavy for him too…

    Comments on Heyman: Yanks Offer Burnett $80 Mill For Five

    1. hallofamer2000
      December 10th, 2008 | 10:25 pm

      I think they should just wait to see what happens with Sheets and/or Pettitte first.

      Even with the injury risk, they should really chase Sheets with a 2 year deal.

    2. Evan3457
      December 11th, 2008 | 2:36 am

      You’re hedging, Steve. I really don’t intend this to seem as angry and nasty as it’s going to read, but I have to be a little tough here.

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      I still feel the same way about the Burnett thing as I did two days ago. But, then again, the Braves are no fools and they seem hot and heavy for him too…
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      You mean, like the Red Sox (Theo Epstein) and the Tigers (Dave Dombrowski) were both hot and heavy for Carl Pavano, before the Yanks “won”?

      Or; you mean like the Tigers (Dave Dombrowski) let Carlos Pena go for nothing before he went to the Yankees, and the Red Sox (Theo Epstein) let Carlos Pena go for nothing after the Yankees let him go for nothing?
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      Cashman’s decision on Burnett is being made NOW, with 2 “holes” remaining in the rotation. Does his decision to chase Burnett shade the Braves’ decision to do likewise as faulty, or does their decision imply that Cashman’s is reasonable (based on what is known now, not 3 years from now)?

      Choose. Choose now. You’re the GM, so choose wisely. And have the maturity to stand by it, years from now. Keep in mind that something like 50% of big-money free agent pitcher signings sink like the Titanic, and realize then that the Yanks odds of not rueing either the Sabathia signing or a Burnett signing is 1 in 4.

    3. MJ
      December 11th, 2008 | 9:53 am

      I’ll tell you what, I just don’t understand the rationale here. First, Mark Teixeira should not be allowed to slip through our fingers. Second, AJ Burnett is a mistake of a different variety than Derek Lowe.

      The Yanks should’ve gone for Ben Sheets on a short deal and brought back Andy Pettitte.

      Worse yet, this offseason represents the worst in Yankee management: totally reactionary, without focus. 2008 was supposed to be a season about working with the younger players. It ended up with the Yankees missing the playoffs so now they’re more or less burying the young players to where they never see the light of day and blowing gobs of money on pitching EVEN THOUGH IT WAS THE OFFENSE THAT KEPT THE YANKEES OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS.

      Cashman’s having a very up-and-down winter in my opinion. Not a big fan of how things are unfolding.

    4. Raf
      December 11th, 2008 | 10:54 am

      It ended up with the Yankees missing the playoffs so now they’re more or less burying the young players to where they never see the light of day and blowing gobs of money on pitching EVEN THOUGH IT WAS THE OFFENSE THAT KEPT THE YANKEES OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS.
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      But, but, the media says the pitching and not trading for Santana was the reason they didn’t make the playoffs! 😉

      I guess we can take solace in the fact that a big bat hasn’t been signed by anyone yet.

    5. butchie22
      December 11th, 2008 | 11:41 am

      MJ, we agree that the offense was the problem. All the media dopes who complain that not getting Santana was the reason for them not making the playoffs.Raf, the media likes to hype things and alot of the time sthey make crap up(like Toronto trading Halladay or not noticing that the Yankees hitting stunk last year) The Yanks couldn’t buy a clutch hit last year. Jeter was top five in GIDP, no? To remind these media shills, that the Mets didn’t even make the playoffs WITH Santana!

      AJ will be a bigtime stiff. It shows that the Yankee front brass is filled with morons. This guy didn’t win over 12 games until last year. He is soft AND he didn’t get along with the press in Toronto. He will be a bust…..Pavano Part Deux. God willing the Braves will pick him up and save us some sort of misery…..

      I would much rather get Sheets for 2 years rather than AJ for even 4 years! Toronto already offered him 4 ,BUT it seems that JP gave him that offer just to refuse it to get the upper tier draft picks. Both Sheets AND AJ are injury risks BUT three extra years of Burnett means three more years of screaming Yankee fans.

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