The Yankees and Pirates are continuing discussions about a trade that would end right-hander A.J. Burnett's turbulent tenure in pinstripes.
Pittsburgh is among four clubs that has reportedly shown interest in dealing for the 35-year-old Burnett, who helped the Yankees win the 2009 World Series but has followed with two inconsistent seasons.
A source told MLB.com that of the teams showing interest in Burnett, Pittsburgh appears to be the most likely trade partner. The Yankees are willing to pick up part of the $33 million Burnett is owed over the next two seasons, the remaining portion of a five-year, $82.5 million contract signed before the '09 season.