Here’s the latest on the possible trade that would send starting pitcher A.J. Burnett from the Yankees to the Pirates. Ken Rosenthal writes that the deal still appears likely, although he also says that not everyone in the Yankees organization approves of the trade.
Interestingly, some #Yankees people oppose trading Burnett, believing team could get more at deadline.
In the deal the two teams are discussing now, the Pirates would send the Yankees “marginal prospects.”
More trade rumors: MLB Daily Dish
It looks like this trade is still on track; all that’s left is haggling over prospects and money. The Pirates will probably end up taking on something like $12 million of Burnett’s salary, while giving up two marginal prospects who are unlikely to be serious contributors in the big leagues. If the Pirates end up giving up much more than that, I won’t like it so much, but the Bucs do need to do something about their rotation, and I’d rather the Pirates overpay a little (in money, not prospects) than go into this season with Kevin Correia in their rotation.
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