The Yankees are currently at an impasse with the Pittsburgh Pirates. They are holding out in an attempt to only pay $10 million of the $33 million he is owed while the Yankees are hoping for them to pick up at least $13-$15 million of his salary.
There were other teams interested in Burnett, but those options appeared to have dried up by now. One option was a potential swap with the Indians for Travis Hafner, but the Indians appear not to be interested in that deal.
The Angels were also supposedly interested, but according to Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com, that option is out the window too. The Yankees supposedly tried to talk Burnett into accepting that deal, but Burnett, who has a no-trade clause to 10 west coast teams, blocked a deal because of his wife’s fear of flying.
So that leaves the Pirates as the only known option. They will probably stare down with the Yankees right up until this soft deadline of Saturday. One thing for sure is that it will be hard for the Yankees to allow A.J. to show up to spring training and answer the 1000 questions he will get about all of these rumors so they will want to keep talks alive. Perhaps they could end up getting a decent prospect if the Pirates insist on only paying $10 million that he is owed.