The A.J. Burnett Era in The Bronx will end today or tomorrow. According to multiple industry sources, the Yankees and Pirates are nearing a deal that would send the right-hander to Pittsburgh for two marginal prospects Pittsburgh and absorbing $13 to $15 million of the $33 million Burnett is owed this season and next. "It will happen this weekend,'' a person familiar with the deal predicted. "Probably Saturday.'' The optimism that a deal can get finished flows from the Pirates increasing their obligation to the $33 million. Initially, they offered to pay $10 million but the Yankees then demanded a significant prospect if they were going to pick up $23 million for a pitcher not throwing for them.
Sources: Yankees' Burnett will be a Pirate 'probably Saturday'
New York Post | Feb 17