Trade for Burnett getting closer

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 beat writer Tom Singer:

We’ll soon know if #Yankees bluffed about AJ market. Potential deal with #Pirates in place, NY just asking around 2 see if some1 beats it

— Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) February 12, 2012

Looks like something could be happening really soon.

UPDATE – 11:58 AM:

From CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman:

#yankees don’t love the 2 minor leaguers #pirates offered for aj. best guess, it still gets done, with pitt paying $13-15M of aj’s $33M

— 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.


  • Jon Shepler

    Any idea who the Pirates are giving up for Burnett.  I think in the NL away from the spotlight he could be a great pickup.

    • Anonymous

      Well, as of yesterday, Jones was off the table. So looks like it won’t involve him. I can’t imagine the Yankees having much leverage to get anyone of importance back.