The Yankees want the Pirates to pay more than $10 million of A.J. Burnett’s salary

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We’ve been tracking the Yankees-Pirates’  talks about A.J. Burnett. The Yankees want to unload him. The Pirates, for some reason, want him.  Earlier today we heard that the Pirates were willing to absorb as much as $10 million of the $33 million still owed to Burnett over the next two years.

One would think that’s enough.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that’s not the case, though: the Yankees want the Pirates to pay even more.

Seems excessive. A.J. Burnett is not worth more than $5 million a year over the next to years to a team like the Pirates.  The Indians, by point of comparison, are paying only $5 million of Derek Lowe’s contract for 2012.  That seems to be the market for dead weight with a shred of potential, no?

Josh Donaldson is still seeking a long-term deal with the Blue Jays

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If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.

“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.

Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.