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Yankees said to be nearing a decision on Burnett

Posted By Chad Jennings On February 16, 2012 @ 1:56 pm In Misc | 209 Comments

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[2]A quick post-chat update on the A.J. Burnett situation.

Still nothing finalized, but Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are “honing in” on a decision. [3] 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. [4]

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 [5]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.

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[3] the Yankees are “honing in” on a decision.: https://twitter.com/#!/Buster_ESPN/status/170165964103626753

[4] will be completed within 24 hours. : https://twitter.com/#!/JimBowdenESPNxm/status/170171779510321152

[5] he wouldn’t find it awkward to have Burnett in camp : http://twitter.com/#!/AnthonyMcCarron/status/170175179929026560