Burnett deal in final stages


In about 48 hours, pitchers and catchers will hold their first official spring training workout at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. Many of the fellas, including several position players, already are there and busy on the fields. And, there is every indication that right-hander A.J. Burnett will soon join them. ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that the proposed trade between the Pirates and Yankees has been sent to the commissioner’s office for approval. The Bucs will send two low-level minor leaguers to the Yanks and also will pick up about $13 million of Burnett’s salary.

»»» Righty Ross Ohlendorf told the Boston Herald that playing for the Pirates was fine when he needed a way to break into the majors, but he figures joining the Red Sox will have even better benefits. “When I got traded to Pittsburgh (from the Yankees in 2008), at the point where I was in my career, it was a really good opportunity,” Ohlendorf said. “But I feel like now, I’m really excited about having the opportunity to compete for a World Series. Obviously, the Red Sox are that caliber of team every year.” Ohlendorf signed a minor league deal with the Sox yesterday. He’ll go to camp as a starter, but could be shifted to a bullpen role.

»»» Pirates Charities will hold its second annual “Pirates 5K Home Run” on April 21. Runners can participate individually or in teams, and there also is a one-mile family fun run. Last year’s event raised $68,000. To register, go to www.pirates.com/5Khomerun or call 412-325-4776.