Yanks want to talk with Burnett's agent
December, 8, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick, Jayson Stark
The Yankees are sending out signals that they'd like to meet with A.J. Burnett's agent, Darek Braunecker, and might be willing to surpass the guaranteed dollar figure that Atlanta has on the table for the free-agent right-hander. The Braves have offered Burnett a four-year, $60 million deal with a buyout and a fifth-year option. It's believed that Atlanta's overall package, including the option, is worth $75 million. Burnett, like Derek Lowe, is waiting to see what happens with CC Sabathia. If Sabathia signs with a West Coast team, it will increase the Yankees' urgency to sign another starter and ultimately work to Burnett's and/or Lowe's advantage. The Yankees appear willing to be flexible with money, but thus far they've been resistant to giving Burnett five guaranteed years. Braunecker and partner Mark Rodgers arrived in Las Vegas on Monday afternoon and are expected to begin full-scale meetings with clubs starting Tuesday.