Saturday, February 18, 2012

2/18 Morning Buzz: A.J. Burnett, Braves Rotation, Tim Wakefield

Top Story:
Yankees/Pirates - The Pirates and Yankees have agreed to a deal sending A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh. The Pirates will pay $13 million of the $31.1 million left, and they are sending Diego Moreno and Exicardo Cayones to New York. Neither of the prospects seem to be major factors.

Braves Bits:
Braves-Nation - Who are the Braves top 5 starters?
FanGraphs - Braves Bet on Regression to the Mean. Eh.
AJC - This time, Venters and Kimbrel will ease into spring. What matters most in this post is the Brian McCann extension talks squeezed near the bottom, which says little but still brings up the point that McCann is a year away from an option year. Whether they will begin talks this season or next is something to keep an eye on.
AJC - The Braves vs. Braves prospects game April 3 will be shown on It pits Fredi Gonzalez against Bobby Cox, so it should be an entertaining game. Thankfully I'll get to catch it now.

MLB News:
Red Sox - Tim Wakefield Announces Retirement. Wakefield came through my town as a light-hitting shortstop the year I was born. That should tell you something about his longevity. I will miss the knuckler.
Yankees - The Yanks will announce deals with Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez after the Burnett trade is finalized.

MLB Bits:
MLB - Empire State Building's tribute to Gary Carter.
MLB - Heyman by the Numbers.
Red Sox - Tim Wakefield getting whiffs with his fastball. I laughed at the Ichiro .gif.
Red Sox - Jason Varitek might also be retiring. It's a new age in Boston, no doubt.
Mets - Johan Santana throws a 25-pitch pen. It's Santana's first mound action since last October.
Yankees - Hideki Okajima failed his physical and will not join the team in Florida. It's tough to see him getting another shot at this point, but you never know.

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