A couple of major hurdles have been cleared in a potential A.J. Burnett deal with the Pirates since this morning.
The Yankees and Pirates have apparently settled on a deal where the Pirates will pay between $13 and $15 million of the $33 million Burnett is owed over the next two seasons, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.
The final number will depend on which prospects the two sides settle on. According to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, the Pirates know which prospects, B-level prospects, they would send over if they pay $13 million. If the Pirates paid $15 million the Yankees would have to accept worse prospects.
A deal is expected to be done by Saturday as pitchers and catchers report on Sunday and the Yankees would rather not have to face the awkwardness of having to face A.J. after trying so aggressively to trade him this offseason.