Reports: Angels, Indians want Burnett too


Via Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman, both the Angels and Indians have expressed interest in trading for A.J. Burnett, though the Halos are one of ten teams included in his no-trade clause and he won’t waive it. Talks with the Tribe apparently revolve around Burnett and Travis Hafner, who’d fit that left-handed DH role beautifully. Cleveland isn’t exactly thrilled about that potential swap though, plus Pronk is owed $15.75M next year (including the buyout of his 2013 option). They’d have to figure out the money.

Over the weekend we heard that four teams have interest in Burnett, one being the Pirates and one being a club on his no-trade list. That means we’re down to just one mystery team.

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  1. eric says:

    Hafner v RHP in 2011


  2. Cy Pineda says:

    Lefty, power, contract year, DO IT!

  3. TheMissile says:

    Hafner would be a great fit, but the financial side of this isn’t looking the best for the Yankees. I’d rather dump Burnett for a few prospects and save $$$$ over the next two years, and fill the DH in-house (Vazquez) or preferably with the likes of Johnny Damon.

    • Ron says:

      Yanks are targeting the wrong player. I said this about a month ago, trade Swisher and AJ for Carmona and Sizemore. Carmona’s identity problem can be solved by dropping the charges. A reunion with CC will help Carmona get back to his Cy Young form. Sizemore is now two years removed from his injury and due for a comeback. The Indians have been after Swisher for awhile.

  4. m1kew says:

    Would Burnett and $4 to $5.5 million going to the Indians get this trade done?

  5. Preston says:

    I would do it straight up, I wouldn’t be willing to eat any money, we’d still want that 2 million they say we had for a DH to sign Eric Chavez.

  6. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’m sure the teams would figure out a way to make the money work, and Hafner’s under contract for a year less than AJ, unless I’m reading this wrong. At the end of the day, something could be worked out which allows for the Yanks to have a better LH DH option for not too much more cash.

    I’m a fan.

  7. RetroRob says:

    I know AJ’s wife doesn’t like flying, but he’d be crazy not to waive that no-trade condition to the Angels. Pittsburgh, Cleveleand or Anaheim. Hmmmm????

    Seems like these stories are leaking out now by the Yankees, probably in an attempt to get the Pirates to up their package.

  8. Wayne Tolleson says:

    While I recognize that the Angels are on his no trade list, is there any idea of what the Angels would give up in return for AJ?

    Maybe I’m just too big a fan of reclamation projects, but I’d love to see the Yanks get Kendrys Morales and see if he can get it back. Dude can hit. He doesn’t really have a spot there with Albert and Trumbo et al.

  9. Gerald Williams says:

    I want MORALES! What a beast before the freak injury. I doubt Allen will waive his no trade clause though.

    • MannyGeee says:

      If they are still hungry for pitching come May, make a Hughes for Morales swap.

      Dual reclaimation project swap, and I will always have more faith in the hitter getting his stroke back than the pitcher remembering how to pitch.

  10. Elan says:

    We might be down to just one mystery team, but it’s also possible that the Angels and/or Indians were not one of the original four interested in Burnett. Personally, I hope he is traded ASAP, and I’m particularly intrigued by the possibility of having Travis Hafner as the DH instead of either Ibanez, Damon, or Matsui. I mean, Hafner’s the only one with decent numbers in terms of average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage – the other three had pretty awful numbers in those departments last year. Yes, Hafner’s salary is huge, but this is the Yankees after all, and he might be worth the money.

  11. emac2 says:

    I think we have to get it done with Cleveland for Hafner. If the interest is there on the Indians side the Yanks need to add mid level prospects and toss in some cash until they say when.

  12. JohnC says:

    Its more likely that a deal with the Angels would involve Bobby Abreu, not Morales. Abreu really has no role now with the return of Morales and the emergence of Trumbo. Plus, he’s owed 9 mill this year. But its moot cause AJ won’t go there

    • bkight13 says:

      How bout a 3-way? Angels kick in $3M to the Pirates and they get the 2 prospects. Pitts get AJ, plus $3M from LA and $16M from us. We get Abreu for 1 year.

      • Jesse says:

        3-way trades are very tough to pull off because there’s so many moving parts, obviously.

        • bkight13 says:

          Doesn’t seem that complicated. LAA wants to move Abreu for salary relief and a glut of 1b/of/dh, Pitts wants AJ at less than half price and we want a LH DH and salary relief.

  13. Save a 'Stache says:

    Hard to argue against this one. Hafner would be beastly in YS.

  14. STONE COLD Austin Romine says:

    The Mystery team I believe that been speculated is… the Toronto Blue Jays.

    • Fernando says:

      If it’s Toronto forget about making a better trade than what Pittsburgh can offer. Anthoupoulos is a good negatiator, since he got rid of that ridiculous Vernon Wells contract.

  15. jeremy says:

    royals=mystery team

  16. Plank says:

    I can’t see the Indians giving up Hafner easily. Seems like wishful thinking on the Yankees part.

    • Save a 'Stache says:

      Except his cost is higher enough, I can almost believe it.

    • Needed Pitching says:

      seems like extremely wishful thinking
      a team trying to be competitive with an already below average offense giving up one of their middle of the order bats for a mediocre fifth starter
      doesn’t seem at all likely from Cleveland’s standpoint

  17. Kosmo says:

    mystery teams – KC or the Marlins.

    • MannyGeee says:

      funny, I thought Miami would make a great dark horse here.

      LoMo for AJ and we foot $20M of the bill. and I will drive AJ and his smokin hot wife to Miami myself.

  18. Johnny O says:

    Sounds like this AJ trade is actually going to happen. There seem to be some unrealistic expectations on the return though. Remember the Derek Lowe deal. We will eat at least half of AJ’s salary and get non-prospects in return. And I think we’re all still ok with that.

  19. Kosmo says:

    Indians ainĀ“t going to take on Burnett for 2 years at 8 million per year. They got Lowe for one year 5 million.
    So to me an even swap Burnett for Hafner seems unlikely.

  20. viridiana says:

    Hard to understand why Pirates so inflexible on giving up players. Yanks could really reduce Bucs’ cash contribution if Bucs agree to surrender one of their outfield prospects. They have several, along with McCutchen and Tabata. Yanks could also throw in offsetting prospect. Not being privy to negotiations hard to say what’s really been discussed. But the reports make it sound like the Pirates are being inflexible — like they have some policy not to surrender prospects under any circumstances — even if their overall position is improved in swapping for a Yankee prospect that better matches their own future needs.

    • Plank says:

      You can’t understand it?

      AJ Burnett will be an upgrade for them this year but they are in no way contending. They have money they tried to spend but didn’t so they are willing to spend it on Burnett. Their window for contention is in a few years, so they aren’t willing to sacrifice that at all for a potential few extra wins when those wins mean very little.

      • viridiana says:

        That’s all fine. But Pirates might also benefit from prospect exchange. The do have outfielder surplus. Yanks need outfielders. Not sure what Bucs need. But in any case, they may be better positioned to compete this year and next than you seem to think. They were in first place til the end of July. They have some pretty highly rated prospects maturing along with young roster talent and could compete again, certainly by 2013.

        • Plank says:

          You’re right about the Pirates prospects of contention. I was going to include something about that, but I didn’t want to write a manifesto. Even with that possibility, their young talent is a few seasons away, so they would still be aiming for maximum competitiveness a few years from now.

    • Doug says:

      we’re talking AJ here. maybe he’s the reason they’re inflexible.

      • viridiana says:

        AJ has certainly done more over the last 10 years or so than the Pittsburgh Pirates.

        • The Guns of Navarone says:

          They’re not getting AJ from the last 10 years.

        • Doug says:

          and the last 2 years? the yanks don’t have a lot of leverage with the pirates here. first, aj isn’t very good. second, the pirates are very unlikely to contend the next couple of years with aj, so there’s no need to break the bank for him.

  21. Juke Early says:

    Yankees don’t need to do hat in hand deals w/the Pittsburgh Pirates. They do need to stop acting as if they are the Pittsburgh Pirates. Make a real @#%&*! deal.

  22. Azzmat says:

    Burnett to Pirates, prospects to Angels , Abreu and Morales to the Yankees. Win Win !

    • Plank says:

      Why would the Pirates mortgage the future for AJ Burnett?

      • MannyGeee says:

        it works… in fantasy land

        but seriously, this only works if the Yankees foot almost all the cash, the Bucs surrender shit prospects and split the cash with Anaheim. and still its a stretch

  23. MrPappageorgio says:

    The only thing I don’t like about trading AJ to the Indians is that it sets up a game where AJ will pitch against the Yanks, and I bet he totally shuts them down.

    Then, we’ll have to listen to the players say dumb things like “he has great stuff” and “he has the ability to dominate any lineup”

  24. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Pirates get AJ, the Yankees get that lefty pitcher from India who won the, “So, You Think You Can Pitch Contest” (or something like that) a few years ago.

  25. Doug says:

    The Hafner for Burnett deal is no longer on the table, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch tweets.

    So much for that

  26. Plank says:

    This is the lowest stakes/risk/reward bidding war I’ve ever observed. Kudos to Cashman for getting it going though. The Indians, Pirates, and Yankees dealing not much of anything.

    Who will blink first? Who will play Cashman in the movie?

  27. mike_h says:

    mystery team is either Orioles or KC. Baltimore’s rotation needs help.

  28. Preston says:

    Brian Cashman is doing a very good job making a market out of nothing.

  29. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    AJ for Tabata/Chow

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