Cashman met with Burnett last week


After teasing us last night, Buster Olney tells us this morning exactly why Brian Cashman flew down to Maryland to meet with A.J. Burnett the day before Thanksgiving (Insider req’d). We had some fun trying to guess the reason, but it’s nothing terribly exiting. The GM simply told the enigmatic right-hander that the Yankees still believe in him, and to “reset and refocus” for next season. They kind of have to say that when they owe the guy $49.5M over the next three years.

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  1. Matt DiBari says:

    Slow news weekend for ol Buster, eh?

  2. Aww, I thought Cash went down to give him another black eye.

  3. Jerome S says:

    God, I was really hoping for something interesting. Hot Stove seems a bit cool, doesn’t it? It’s just a mix of Cliff Lee not signing yet and Jeter being a whiny #$%*face.

  4. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    He went to ask AJ if had called Cliff. “Well, AJ, what did he say?”


  5. So no horse’s head was on AJ’s bed when he woke?

  6. SamVa says:

    “Hey AJ,

    You really messed up last year and now you are making this contract negotiation really tough with Jeter because he doesn’t want to make less than you… So I was wondering if you could split half your contract with him for the next couple years…?”

  7. The GM simply told the enigmatic right-hander that the Yankees still believe in him, and to “reset and refocus” for next season. Then Brian punched him in the left eye, yelling “NOW THAT I’VE DONE BOTH EYES, NEXT TIME I GO DOWNSTAIRS!”.

    Fixed that for ya.

  8. Tom Swift says:

    If the Yankees are about to sign Cliff Lee, it would make sense for Cashman to reassure AJ that the Lee signing does not portend ditching AJ after his disappointing season. That’s the sort of conversation that is better done face to face.

  9. Pounder says:

    “reset and refocus” how about REMOVE!

  10. Just before the holiday, huh? What a coincidence because as my family sat down for Thanksgiving dinner, we gave thanks for AJ Burnett and all his blessings.

  11. SuBDivisions says:

    Guys get on the AJ train.. This guy has the talent and i think if we believe in him, push him forward, he will have a stellar year.. At his age he probably has only 2 good years left.

  12. bruce says:

    Another 3 years of AJ, *SIGH.* I hope the talk helped.

  13. Accent Shallow says:

    Exiting. . .now there’s an appropriate typo.

  14. Why don’t they just get rid of the damn guy. He sucks and is going to cause even more trouble.

  15. The last thing they need is another some-what bad postseason and he’s the one who caused the Yankees to lose the World Series!! UGH! His bad pitching gives a huge sign.

  16. Sorry! He’s the one who caused them to lose the ALCS.

  17. jm44 says:

    Cashman is in Bizzarro world!
    He goes out of his way to talk to Burnett , who has basically been a horrible signing for the Yankees. And he beats down Jeter in the Press.WTF? Between Him & Randy Levine they treat the Yankees Stars like two kids who never got picked to play when they were kids and are trying to get even! They Have NO clue about intangables! And Cashman has no clue as a talent evaluator(Kevin Brown,Jaret Wright,Kei Igawa….)Cashman & Randy Levine want fans to pay top dollar for tickets but god forbid a player want more money they think theyre being greedy! Well how bout they stop selling Derek Jeter Jersys. Or anything with him on it.He’s being greedy but they sell a clump of Stadium grass for $100 !And Why sould Jeter sign right away if he can get more money by waiting, who wouldn’t?Hes not holding out.asa matter of fact he hasnt even spoken yet.Certain players come along and mean so much to a franchise that they deserve a little more respect.The yankee Brass is looking a little classless to me.

  18. The Big City of Dreams says:

    Did he visit Joba too

    • Jobba got in trouble some how

      I wonder what social changes occurred between his first year (WOW) and this last year (Fizzle)?

      Did he start partying or something?

      I really like Jobba-of-old
      He could be a great 4+inning reliever
      AND I still think he could be a starter

  19. TONY says:

    can the yankees put in players contracts that ,If the players dont play up to par can they get some of there money back from the greedy persons they are?

  20. Multi Year contracts to pitchers is a huge risk….especially when there is big money involved.

    Burnett’s contract is so big…..he is so overpaid….that we are stuck with him; nobody will be able to buy out his contract.

    So….we’ve got to hook him up with someone that will teach him how to be Greg Maddox.

    Put him in the middle of the rotation. CC and Phil throw hard; put him in between w/ off speed junk that’s always down and on the edges.

    He makes me NUTS!!!!!!!!!!

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