The wait continues in the A.J. Burnett trade saga. At this point, it seems like only a matter of time before a deal is done, but I guess you never really know with something like this.
Today, Ken Davidoff reported that the Pirates know which players would be shipped to the Yankees, and that’s certainly a step forward from yesterday when I was told no specific prospects were on the table. It seems like there’s some progress, but each side might be still trying to maximize their return.
Some other notes and links from today….
• Among today’s new arrivals in Tampa was left-hander Boone Logan. Also just arrived is catcher Russell Martin. At this point, guys are just kind of showing up and getting some early bullpen sessions and batting practice.
• Sounds like Larry Rothschild is impressed with what he’s seeing so far out of Ivan Nova: “His delivery’s really good right now,” Rothschild said. “He’s way ahead of schedule.”
• Jeff Passan took a look at the top remaining free agents and tried to find good matches. That includes a look at the potential matches for the Yankees hole at designated hitter.
• Passan wrote that teams are treating Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler “like whiskey on the eve of Prohibition” because of the pending CBA rules. Because of that, a lot of teams seem to be in on Soler, and George King cautions that the Yankees might not be willing to keep pace with the asking price.
• The Red Sox have signed former Yankees RHP Ross Ohlendorf to a minor league deal. For a while it seemed Ohlendorf was beginning to cement a spot in the Pirates rotation, but he’s been hurt and suffered through a rough 2011.
• YES Network has been nominated for 31 New York Emmy Awards, including individual nominations for Bob Lorenz (best sports anchor) and John Flaherty (best sports analyst).
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