HOUSTON - AUGUST 31: Garrett Jones #46 of the Pittsburgh Pirates grounds out to second base in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 31, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 2-0. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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.
The Yankees know that they would have to eat most of the money owed to Burnett ($35M in total) in order to move him, tweets Olney.
Twitter / @Buster_ESPN: Garrett Jones is, in fact, ...
"Garrett Jones is, in fact, the guy NYY want in any Burnett deal with the Pirates,but PIT not interested in moving Jones. No traction so far."
Twitter / @Buster_ESPN: Yankees know they will hav ...
"Yankees know they will have to eat a huge portion of $35 million owed to Burnett in any deal -- maybe in $25m to $27m range."
Twitter / @Buster_ESPN: IMO: If the Pirates negoti ...
"IMO: If the Pirates negotiate NYY down to where they pay $8mish total to Burnett over next two years, they could get really good return."