Yankees expect quick approval of AJ deal

February, 17, 2012
2/17/12
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So says an official involved in the trade negotiations with the Pirates that will move A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh and bring two low-level prospects to the Bronx. According to the official, league approval by on a deal such as this -- the Pirates will assume about $13 million of Burnett''s salary, less than half the $31 million remaining on his deal -- should come "within a couple of hours'' of it's being submitted to the Commissioner's office. Meaning that this long national nightmare could be over by early this evening.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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