Rumor: Yankees want Burnett deal done by Saturday

Pitchers and catchers are due to report to camp this Sunday so the Yankees want a deal for A.J. Burnett done by Saturday, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

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, 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.

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5 Responses to Rumor: Yankees want Burnett deal done by Saturday

  1. John says:

    Got to deal him now bringing him into camp with all this going on would be crazy

    Yankees get it done
    Roll into camp

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    Take whatever the best offer is and move one, his presence blocks a younger player from playing in the majors. As for 10 west coast teams? Are you counting the Japanese league here? Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, LA, Angels, San Diego make 6. If we throw in Colorado and Arizona we're at 8. The last 2 are either Milwaukee and Minnesota, or the two Texas teams.

    • ken says:

      since when did a reporter ever have their facts right ? or for that matter ever even really care as long as their ego left an impression of how great they are, in their own mind !!! oh yeah, sounds a lot like a.j. burnett does'nt it ? maybe the yanks could include a reporter or two in the deal to sweeten the pot. or, they must have a reporter that they could name as the journalist to be named later in any deal (that they are willing to part with). yah think

    • AJ's wife is afraid to fly. When he was with Toronto he had prepaid limos to take his family back and forth from Toronto to Baltimore (where they are from) so they can avoid flying. So the 10 "west coast" teams are likely just the 10 teams farthest away from Baltimore. Shouldn't be this hard to understand. Reading comprehension abilities, or lack thereof, does not fall on the reporters.

  3. Elena123 says:

    Just give us Gerritt cole and ten million and we good

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