LAS VEGAS - The Red Sox never seemed fully invested in talks for A.J. Burnett, so it should it come as no surprise that the competition for the pitcher now seems to have come down to two teams: the Yankees and Braves.
According to a baseball source, the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays have been all but officially eliminated for the pitcher's services. Discussions with Burnett now are focusing on two teams - the Braves and Yankees, the latter of which has agreed to terms with CC Sabathia on a seven-year, $161 million contract.
If the Yankees land Burnett, it could significantly affect their interest in Derek Lowe, though it is not out of the question that New York could sign Sabathia, Burnett and Lowe. Agent Scott Boras, who represents Lowe, had a meeting scheduled with the Yankees tonight.
Boras, of course, also represents free agent first baseman Mark Teixeira, in whom the Yankees also have interest.