The Yanks should be in no hurry. Let the other buyers step up.
Neither should the Pirates. And what other buyers? There won't be a lot of other buyers at this moment. Oswalt is still a FA too.
When the attrition of ST leads to starter injuries, then Burnett is more attractive to other teams. So maybe the Yankees want to wait that long and have Burnett be the odd man out at camp, bogarting other pitchers' innings, or maybe Cashman wants to get the to the foregone conclusion sooner rather than later.
Maybe he'll take Anaheim off of his NTL.
Isn't LAAAA done dealing? Their starting five:
Williams showed enough in September to be the 5th starter, and could be a Vogelsong-type success pitching 5th if he's not a mirage.
If any of these guys get injured, I still doubt they'd want to toss NYY anything or kick in money for Burnett. With the offensive upgrade in Pujols and Kendry Morales' return, they will look to score more runs this year, which makes it cheaper to mix and match their own depth signings (Brad Mills, Garrett Richards) or non-roster guys that show something (Eric Hurley).
Edited by Trlicek's Whip, 16 February 2012 - 01:00 PM.