Hal: Yankees optimistic on Burnett
Back in New York after catching the red-eye from Las Vegas. In case you’re wondering, chalk these Winter Meetings up as a big ‘L’ for me at the tables … but more importantly, a huge ‘W’ for the Yankees. CC Sabathia is in the fold, the talks are still warm for Mike Cameron, and here’s a note we just put up over on the MLB Hot Stove blog:
Hal Steinbrenner is optimistic that A.J. Burnett will soon join the New York Yankees’ rotation behind CC Sabathia, accomplishing the club’s primary objective of upgrading their starting pitching.
The Yankees co-chairman told Newsday in a telephone interview Friday that Burnett – who is said to be in decision-making mode – could soon accept the Yankees’ five-year, $80 million offer.
“We’re interested in him and he’s interested in us,” Steinbrenner told the newspaper. “Obviously, New York has a lot to offer, and playing for the Yankees is just a great thing.”
The Atlanta Braves are pushing to acquire Burnett and are prepared to provide a similar offer, and agent Darek Braunecker said that a third unidentified team could serve as a potential suitor.