It is unclear if the parties are close to a deal, but the chances have improved since Friday when Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, "It's more likely we'll go [into Spring Training] with what we've got."
If the Phils and Burnett agree to a deal -- the Pirates seem to be their top competition -- he would become the rotation's No. 3 behind Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Kyle Kendrick also has a spot in the rotation. Roberto Hernandez signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal in December. Entering camp, Amaro indicated Miguel Gonzalez, Jonathan Pettibone and others would fight for the No. 5 spot.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.