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MLB Hot Stove News and Notes: Inching Closer to a Deal

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Apparently, the Yankees do have some leverage in the A.J. Burnett trade negotiations. According to Ken Rosenthal, four different teams have been vying for the right hander, but the Pirates remain the most logical fit, so much so that Mark Feinsand has reported there is now a "good chance" the deal gets done.

The Angels are another team looking to unload an overpriced veteran. However, with over $60 million still owed to Vernon Wells, new Angels GM Jerry DiPoto may find it harder to make a deal.

The Cubs have reportedly been looking to deal both Alfonso Soriano and Matt Garza, but in a recent interview, GM Jed Hoyer not only stated it was likely the outfielder would be with the team on Opening Day, he also expressed an interest in locking up the right hander with a long-term deal.

The World Series champion Cardinals have a lot of questions heading into Spring Training, but two of the most intriguing involve the possibility of highly regarded prospect Shelby Miller cracking the rotation and veteran catcher Yadier Molina signing a long-term extension. Regarding the latter, if the Cardinals do intend to re-sign their long-time catcher, they probably shouldn't expect a home team discount.

Earlier reports about the Marlins offering Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes $40 million may have been exaggerated. However, the team has reportedly made an offer and remains very interesting in the center fielder.

The baseball season official gets underway tomorrow when the Seattle Mariners' pitchers and catchers report for the team's first workout. The Mariners were granted permission to open camp early because the team will begin the season with a late-March series against the Oakland Athletics in Japan. One of the players expected to report tomorrow is former Yankees prospect Jesus Montero.

The Indians avoided arbitration with SS Asdrubal Cabrera, who agreed to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million.

Former Dodgers' manager and major league ambassador Tommy Lasorda was recently honored with a statue at the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame in the Dominican Republic.