The relevant tweets:
Buster Olney says the Yankees are zeroing in on a deal with either the Pirates or a TEAM OF MYSTERY OOOOOOOOOOOH!
Jon Heyman says that there's "a lot of optimism" that the deal will get done and the Pirates will end up paying $13 million of Burnett's owed salary.
Jim Bowden says that the Yankees and Pirates are close to a deal but that the Yankees are weighing an offer from a MYSTERIOUS THIRD SUITOR OOHHHHHAAAAAAAAHHHHHWOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Now you can all throw this back in my face if the Yankees trade Burnett somewhere other than Pittsburgh and I do realize that quite a few prominent free agents have signed with the equivalent of mystery suitors in the last two offseasons (Cliff Lee, Albert Pujols, and Yoenis Cespedes, to name a few), but I'm still inclined to think that most mystery-suitor talk is drummed up BS by one party to create a better offer when they're not seeing what they want on the table. This AJ Burnett trade talk has literally been the only non-Cuban free agent thing anyone has talked about or reported on for almost ten days now. I find it awfully hard to believe that a mystery suitor would've snuck through the cracks for this long. It's possible, sure, but it doesn't strike me as terribly likely.
In any case, I think there's a good chance this all gets resolved before pitchers and catchers report for both clubs on Saturday. Pitchers and catchers report on Saturday. That's an awesome-sounding thing.
The impasse is actually over what portion of NH's Mystery Science 3000 DVD collection Cashman ends up with. You can see how someone like Jim Bowden could get confused.
Completely agree. Every time they've come to an impasse, there's been a "leak" that the Yanks are looking at another club. I don't buy it either. It's just posturing.
That said, the next expansion / relocated franchise absolutely needs to be named "Team of Mystery". Las Vegas Team of Mystery. Awesome.