brian walton from scout.com is saying
As I said yesterday, by all indications, the Cardinals and Burnett have an agreement in place. It could be four years plus an option. But, it has not been finalized by Burnett. The Cardinals expect a final answer prior to the Winter Meetings, which don’t officially begin until next Monday.
However, if a Baltimore (the home area of Burnett’s wife) or Toronto steps in with a better deal in the meantime, all bets could be off. The Cardinals don’t think that will happen, but they have been disappointed before.
Losing Burnett at this point could be devastating for the Cardinals, who have been working on a related trade of Jason Marquis and others for offensive help. That will likely take the form of an impact corner outfielder, but could possibly include a second baseman.
he's not a liar, although he has jumped the gun a little bit. earlier he believed a giles signing was very close. i'd suspect if he is right, the 'finalizing' has to do with deferred/backloaded money and that sort of stuff.
as for tradable comodities, in addition to the above, there are chris lambert (sp), travis hanson (3b/2b), and the group that we just drafted that includes some intriguing players like rasmus, webber, mccormack, and so on. by most accounts reyes wouldnt get moved. there's enough to pull off a trade centered around marquis, who is getting more and more valuable every time an estaban loaiza signs a 7 mil a year deal.