Monday morning update: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees will pay $19-23 million and get multiple non-40 man roster prospects in return from Pittsburgh. Marc Carig backs this up, and says that the Yankees are not giving Burnett away, instead insisting on the “right” players in return. I guess that’s what you have to say publicly, but I’m skeptical. A team like the Pirates might take a little bit of money off of the Yankees hand to get a 200 IP pitcher, but I’d be shocked if they gave up any useful young players for any 35 year old pitcher with obviously declining skills. Stranger things have happened though, I suppose.
Update 2: And here’s the tweet I meant to link. More coffee, please!
Update: It’s Sunday morning, and Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees and Pirates are now discussing “details.” It’s definitely beginning to sound as though a Burnett trade is nearly inevitable. Until then, shop for baseball memorabilia.
As winter finally arrives in the Mid-Atlantic region on this nasty Saturday night, here’s some A.J. Burnett related news for you.
First, the Daily News’ Mark Feinsand reports that one of his sources is telling him that there’s a “good chance” A.J. Burnett is traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s certainly beggining to feel that way watching the reports trickle out anyway. On the details, Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman both reported that the Pirates offered to pay $10 million of the $33 million remaining on A.J.’s contract, but that the Yankees want them to pick up even more than that. Isn’t that cute? Although Ken Rosenthal reports that there are four teams interested in Burnett (including the Pirates), which could give the Yankees some leverage in negotiations. Or someone could just be making it up to try to create some leverage. Either way, if the Yankees can’t get a better offer I’d have to think they’re more than happy to recoup that $10 million at a minimum. If Pittsburgh is really willing to pay that much of Burnett’s remaining salary, I’d definitely assume a deal gets done before pitchers and catchers report a week from Monday.