With seven starters fighting for five rotation spots it looks like the Yankees really are going to trade A.J. Burnett this offseason. Here is the latest:
- The Yankees and Pirates have the “framework” for a deal in place with the Pirates, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
- The two sides have not agreed on a dollar amount of which players will come back to the Bronx, but they are working on that within the established “framework,” Olney said.
- The Pirates are more likely to compromise on the money spent on A.J. than the prospects, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes.
- Joel Sherman of the NY Post said that the Yankees are still trying to make sure nothing else in available before making a deal. Meaning that they can’t just acquire a DH for Burnett straight up.
- Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that they are actually in discussions with as many as four teams.
- Out of the four teams the Yankees have talked to only one has been on A.J.’s no-trade list and that the Pirates are being the most aggressive of the other three, Sherman said.
- Sherman said that all signs are that Burnett will eventually be moved and the money will go toward signing Eric Chavez and a left handed DH.