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Monday, February 13, 2012
Sources: Optimism over A.J. deal

By Andrew Marchand

Two baseball officials with knowledge of the A.J. Burnett trade talks both continued to express optimism that a deal will be struck to trade Burnett to the Pirates. However, that deal has not been agreed to, as of yet.

The exact players and money are still not fully determined, but both sides have a firm understanding of the parameters, which is the reason for optimism.

"Eventually, I think, it will get done," a second official, with knowledge of the talks, said.

When the Yankees and Pirates agree on the players and how much of the $33 million Pittsburgh will pay of the remaining two years on Burnett's contract, the trade will still not be completed.

At that point, the commissioner will have to bless the deal because of the amount of money that will be changing hands. There likely won't be any David Stern-like issues, but Bud Selig will have the final word.

An official said he did not expect any more talks on Monday night so it still seems more a matter of when and not if. Just not yet.