The Yankees and Pirates expected to have a Burnett deal done in 24 hours

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I can’t remember trade talks/rumors that have gone on this long. Especially not for a pitcher as mediocre as A.J. Burnett. But they’re still going on.

But today Jim Bowden said that the end is nigh:

 

Buster Olney concurs, though he didn’t put the hard time frame on it.  Whatever the case, I’ll be happy to see this one end, just so that I don’t have to pretend to care about it anymore.

Red Sox to activate Dustin Pedroia from disabled list on Friday

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Manager Alex Cora said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.

The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.