A trade between the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates that would have A.J. Burnett moving to western Pennsylvania is still being worked on, according to the New York Daily News, but "the sides were still a good ways away from agreeing on the final terms of a deal," a source tells the paper.
Burnett has $33 million and two years left on his contract and the Pirates would like to only pay $10 million of that while sending over two prospects, the source told the Daily News.
"The Yankees appear willing to eat up to $20 million to shed the righty from their roster and to create payroll relief, although they might agree to pay more if the Pirates part with a top-tier prospect," the Daily News reports.
The 35-year-old who went 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA last season has 10 teams on his limited no-trade clause, but the Pirates are not one of them, the paper notes. "A.J. understands this is a business and will do what he has to do," his agent, Darek Braunecker told the paper Saturday. "He's healthy and he's looking forward to pitching for somebody."