LAS VEGAS -- The Yankees are believed to have offered free-agent starter A.J. Burnett a five-year, $80 million deal. The Atlanta Braves are considered the other main contender for Burnett, and they offered him a four-year contract for $60 million with a vesting option for a fifth year. It isn't known yet whether Atlanta will match the Yankees' big bid. The Nationals, Orioles, Blue Jays and Red Sox also have spoken to Burnett's camp at the meetings.
The Yankees also remain very interested in free-agent starter Derek Lowe, having talked to him about a four-year, $60 million deal. Additionally, the Yankees have been reviewing the medical records of Ben Sheets and are interested in him, depending on how the negotiations go with Burnett and Lowe, and are still considering bringing Andy Pettitte back to the Bronx for another season.