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MLB Hot Stove: Burnett Rumors and More

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The Yankees are still talking to the Pirates about trading A.J. Burnett.

Jon Heyman says that the clubs are still a few million apart, and that the Pirates have now agreed to pay $10 million of what is owed to Burnett over the next 2 season, which indicates progress from earlier when the Pirates weren't willing to take on quite so much. The Yankees, however, would prefer something closer to 50/50. Heyman also reported that there was optimism a deal would get done between the two clubs. Certainly seems like talks are headed in the right direction.

The Yankees signed catcher David Remedios and infielder Andury Acevedo, 2 minor league players. They aren't very exciting, but if that's your thing, you can read about them here.

ESPN's Jayson Stark says that Oswalt will not be going to Texas.

We've heard for weeks that Roy Oswalt was close to signing with this team and that team, but no resolution has come yet. Stark believes it will come down to Boston or St. Louis, with St. Louis being Oswalt's preference.

Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the Orioles have signed Luis Ayala.

He'll be taking his talents there on a one-year major league deal worth $925,000, and includes a $1 million dollar club option for 2013. Ayala is the 2nd former Yankee headed to Baltimore this week. The O's also signed Nick Johnson to a minor league deal.

According to Buster Olney the Athletics are interested in Manny Ramirez.

They recently watched him work out, and will make a decision about signing him soon.

Ken Rosenthal writes that the Ryan Braun steroid case could actually reflect well on MLB.

He thinks that if the suspension is upheld, baseball will have sent a message that they don't play favorites. A decision will likely come in the next couple weeks.

Pitchers and catchers for the Seattle Mariners report tomorrow for Spring Training.

About a week earlier than every other team, due to starting their season March 28-29 in Tokyo against the A's, but still.

The truck carrying all the equipment for Spring Training left Yankee Stadium for Tampa today. Baseball is almost here.