The A.J. Burnett Era in The Bronx will end today or tomorrow.

According to multiple industry sources, the Yankees and Pirates are nearing a deal that would send the right-hander to Pittsburgh for two marginal prospects Pittsburgh and absorbing $13 to $15 million of the $33 million Burnett is owed this season and next.

"It will happen this weekend,'' a person familiar with the deal predicted. "Probably Saturday.''

The optimism that a deal can get finished flows from the Pirates increasing their obligation to the $33 million. Initially, they offered to pay $10 million but the Yankees then demanded a significant prospect if they were going to pick up $23 million for a pitcher not throwing for them.