The New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates have somewhat of a conditional framework for the rumored A.J. Burnett trade but are still trying to work out final players and dollar amounts, according to Buster Olney. This is the strongest indication yet that the deal will happen in the next few days.
Joel Sherman notes that the Yankees will likely use any money saved (somewhere under $10 million according to previous rumors of how much the Pirates would take on) to pursue a left handed DH (like the rumored Ibanez signing).
Twitter / @Buster_ESPN: The Burnett deal is not do ...
"The Burnett deal is not done, but the Yankees and Pirates have a lot of common ground, and Pittsburgh is the clear frontrunner as of 2/12."
Twitter / @Buster_ESPN: Pirates and Yankees have a ...
"Pirates and Yankees have a framework of a possible AJ Burnett deal in place, and they are now working through conditions of that framework."
Twitter / @Buster_ESPN: The Pirates and Yankees ha ...
"The Pirates and Yankees haven't agreed on final players or dollar amount, but they're talking within that common ground to settle details."
Twitter / @Joelsherman1: But all signs r that #Yank ...
"But all signs r that #Yankees will move AJ in coming days, try to sign Chavez and LH DH with saved $"
Twitter / @JonHeymanCBS: Yankees, pirates still opt ...
"Yankees, pirates still optimistic about possible aj deal. Still working out $ and other players, but working hard on it"
A.J. Burnett Rumors: Four Teams Interested - MLB Daily Dish
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of four teams interested in Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett; one of the interested teams is reportedly on A.J. Burnett's no-trade list, though. Rosenthal says that the Pirates are viewed by New York as the partner making the "most sense."
A.J. Burnett Rumors: Yankees Want Garrett Jones - MLB Daily Dish
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Yankees want 1B/RF Garrett Jones in any trade involving RHP A.J. Burnett. The Pirates, however, are reportedly not interested in parting with Jones. Jones, 30, hit .243/.321/.433 (107 OPS+) across 477 plate appearances in 2011.