From ESPN’s Buster Olney:
Pirates and Yankees have a framework of a possible AJ Burnett deal in place, and they are now working through conditions of that framework.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 12, 2012
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. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 12, 2012
The Pirates and Yankees haven’t agreed on final players or dollar amount, but they’re talking within that common ground to settle details. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 12, 2012
Could something happen today?
UPDATE – 11:18 AM:
From new Pirates.com beat writer Tom Singer:
— Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) February 12, 2012
Looks like something could be happening really soon.
UPDATE – 11:58 AM:
From CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman:
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 12, 2012
It’s good to see that the Pirates aren’t giving in much. The money here sounds fine and if the Pirates don’t have to give up anything all that great in return it is a steal. The Yankees really don’t have much leverage here as they are desperate to get rid of Burnett’s contract, so the Pirates are definitely negotiating from a position of strength and should be able to get Burnett for very little.
Also, Joel Sherman from the NY Post just tweeted out that he feels a deal getting done today is doubtful.
UPDATE – 12:59 PM:
Ken Rosenthal reports that signs are pointing to a deal getting done but that both sides are still trying to get the most out of each other. He expects the Yankees to pick up $19-$23 million of Burnett’s remaining $33 million contract and receive “multiple” minor leaguers in return, none of them being on Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster.