The talks for A.J. Burnett have been at a stand-still for awhile now. The news we heard Tuesday was the same news we heard last Friday. Everyone expects a deal to be completed between the two teams, but the Yankees want the Pirates to pick up more than $10 M. We've been hearing the same thing every day. The two sides continue to work, but they're still in stare down mode.
Yesterday, in the Burnett rumor thread on the site, there were some sentiments expressed that the Pirates should give in and pay the extra $3 M to close the deal. Most of that seems fueled by one thing: fans being worried that another team will step in and offer to pick up more money, only for the Yankees to make a deal.
Fans really have no reason to worry in this case, and the Pirates have no reason to cave. All of the reports say that the Yankees consider the Pirates the best match. I think we can take that as code for "they will pick up the most money". There are only three other teams in on Burnett. Two of them ...
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