King: Yankees do not have interest in bringing back A.J. Burnett

Breaking down the Yankees' record international free agent haul
Game 89: Tanaka Tuesday

Via George King: The Yankees do not have much interest in acquiring A.J. Burnett from the Phillies. Philadelphia has the fourth worst record in baseball at 38-51 and there are more and more rumblings that they be ready to sell. Cliff Lee is hurt and Cole Hamels has a ton of money left on his deal, so Burnett is a lower cost option.

Burnett, 37, has a 3.92 ERA (3.89 FIP) in 19 starts and 124 innings this year, though his strikeout (19.1%), walk (9.9%), and ground ball (49.6%) rates have dropped off considerably from last season. After coming to New York with concerns about his durability, Burnett has made at least 30 starts and thrown at least 186.2 innings every year from 2008-13. He’s a workhorse, if nothing else. The Yankees can use another innings eater even after acquiring Brandon McCarthy, but bringing Burnett back isn’t happening. The Javy Vazquez reunion seems to have eliminated the “bring back a guy who stunk in pinstripes one before” option.

Breaking down the Yankees' record international free agent haul
Game 89: Tanaka Tuesday
  • hogsmog

    I hope they DO have interest in Colon though. The ol’ “bring back the fat man who was good in pinstripes before” worked for David Wells, so the plan is flawless.

  • Yankee$

    What about Mitre?

    • I’m One

      Mike! Delete this comment before Cashman sees it!!!

    • Dalek Jeter

      What about The Friendly Ghost of Chad Gaudin?

  • Bronx_Boy

    Want to see the confidence poll plunge to zero? Bring back AJ.

  • I’m One

    The Yankees do not have much interest …

    So there’s a chance …

  • JonS

    Why bring back AJ? Just get CC healthy and you can have a sucky pitcher at no cost.

  • Roy Munson

    Make too much sense so there’s not shot..

  • New Guy

    Breaking News; Yankees resign SP Kei Igawa to a 2 yr/15 mil. They haven’t seen him throw, but the reports are really good.

    • Pinedamaybegreata (formerly Monterowasdinero)

      A lefty is a lefty. We need a lefty starter!

  • vicki

    i’m disappointed.

    my AJ love isn’t entirely rational. i’d be so happy to see him back in the bronx.

    • Jeff G

      Me too! He was always good with the walk-off pies!

  • Al

    Would you trade Peter O’Brian AA Trenton Thunder to the Mets for Colon ??

    • Preston


    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’d dig up Mikey O’Brien and trade him for Bartolo.

  • trr

    No thanks!

  • vin

    Same thing I say when I purchase something and the clerk asks if I’ll be using their store credit card – “No, I’m good. Thanks.”

  • TWTR

    Not at that money.

  • Dicka24

    Has anyone in here seen Colon’s Home vs Road splits? They aren’t pretty.

    Home: 2.72 ERA

    Road: 5.06 ERA

    The guy gets creamed outside of the healthy confines of the Mets home park. Pass please.

  • Mick taylor

    Burnett was not terrible. If he did not win the second game of world series with a pitching gem yanks probably do not win world series . That was worth his contract. Ask a cub fan if Burnett did that to help win a world series if they would be happy . They would build him a statue. Actually, I wanted the yanks keep Burnett and let cc opt out. They would have got the same pitching and saved 100 million

    • Sbertonny

      Exactly! Not to say game 2 of the 2009 WS was worth the entire contract, but it certainly helps. And overall his 2009 year was actually decent. 2010 and 2011 was a different story.

  • Farewell Mo

    Not wanting to bring AJ Burnett back is about equivalent to saying I don’t want to get syphilis a 2nd time.

  • Mick taylor

    Or not wanting to win another world series with him pitching a masterful game 2

    • Farewell Mo

      Getting the shit kicked out of him like he did in game 5 of the WS was much closer to his norm especially the last couple of years.

  • RetroRob

    Speaking of Javy, ummm…

  • Evan3457

    Insult to injury dept:

    In his 1st start for the D’backs, Vidal Nuno threw 7 innings of shutout ball, giving up 3 hits, walking 1, with 7 K’s, and 91 pitches thrown.

    You know what that means for Brandon McCarthy…


  • Dale Mohorcic

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice….a fool can’t be fooled again.

  • Ken

    What a depressing thought. A.J. back in the Bronx.