There's been a lot of talk lately about the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees discussing a A.J. Burnett trade. A big hold up with any Burnett trade is money, as the right hander is due $33 M total over the next two years, and is coming off two bad seasons with New York.
Yesterday there was some talk that the Pirates could be interested in Burnett, with the Yankees paying a bulk of his salary. Buster Olney speculated that a Garrett Jones for Burnett swap, with New York paying 90% of Burnett's salary, might be appealing.
Tonight Olney reports that Jones is, in fact, the guy the Yankees want from the Pirates, but that the Pirates don't want to move Jones. Olney added that the Yankees know they'll have to eat a huge portion of Burnett's salary, likely in the $25-27 M range.
To get an idea of the value of a Burnett deal, let's take a look at his trade value:
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