Still nothing finalized, but Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are “honing in” on a decision. Sources have told me — and several others — that a new team recently joined the discussiong, but the mystery team isn’t believed to be a serious bidder. Maybe that’s changed, but last I knew, Pittsburgh remained the most likely trade partner.
Anaheim is out of the mix, and Cleveland is essentially out. Jim Bowden is going so far as to say a deal with the Pirates will be completed within 24 hours.
Maybe he’s just trying to say all the right things, but Larry Rothschild said this morning that he wouldn’t find it awkward to have Burnett in camp after knowing, without a doubt, that the Yankees have been trying to trade him. True, players get traded all the time, so that’s not particularly unusual or awkward. But how often does a veteran like Burnett find out his team is trying to dump his salary for pennies on the dollar? I have to think that’s a little awkward.