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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas have had "occasional contact" in recent days.

Nothing has been ruled out, but a match is still considered a "long shot," as the Yankees are concerned about the luxury-tax threshold and losing a draft pick. Moving Jacoby Ellsbury would create some wiggle room, though there's nothing to indicate anything is close there. Any deal with Moustakas would have to be a short-term one, as the Yankees have Miguel Andujar in the pipeline and could also make a run at Manny Machado next offseason. Moustakas would be in a great situation if he lands in the Bronx, but he could still hold out for a longer deal. Of course, his market has been so quiet that it's unclear how much leverage he has here.
Feb 13 - 2:46 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and Brewers will be at Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday in Seattle.

Add them to a list that includes (so far) the Giants and Padres. Lincecum last pitched in 2016 with the Angels, putting up an ugly 9.16 ERA over nine starts. He's reportedly gotten himself in better shape and is throwing harder in workouts this offseason.
Feb 12 - 11:21 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Orioles, Twins, Brewers, Cubs and Yankees are among the teams that have inquired on Jake Odorizzi.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the Cardinals and Angels have also discussed Odorizzi with the Rays. We can safely cross the Cubs off the list of clubs having interest in Odorizzi after they agreed to terms with Yu Darvish, but the right-hander makes some sense as a target for the other teams. Odorizzi will make a little over $6 million in 2018 and is under team control for 2019, as well, but the quasi-rebuilding Rays would like to shed his contract.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 11 - 9:48 AM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees "have monitored" Lance Lynn's market this offseason.

It's noteworthy but doesn't necessarily mean they'll be real players for Lynn, especially with Morosi noting that the Yanks only have about $15 million budgeted for spending between now and Opening Day. They might prefer to use that money on a third baseman. Lynn is reportedly drawing interest from 7-8 teams and could find a new home relatively quickly following the Yu Darvish signing.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 11 - 9:22 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays have "checked in" on the market for Eduardo Nunez.

The cost-conscious Rays are hoping that Nunez's asking price will drop closer to their comfort zone, but with the Yankees and Red Sox also in pursuit that may be unlikely. Nunez was also said to be drawing free agent interest from the Mets before they signed Todd Frazier earlier this week to a two-year, $17 million deal. Nunez, 30, batted .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 114 games last year between San Francisco and Boston while appearing defensively at shortstop, third base, second base, and both corner outfield spots. He'd be a nice late-offseason addition for a range of clubs.
Feb 7 - 12:12 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees "like" Mike Moustakas and "did speak about him" last week.

However, Heyman throws cold water on the possibility of "Moose" winding up with the Yankees, noting that it's hard to see them fitting him onto their payroll while still leaving room for the addition of a pitcher and possible midseason trade. We can't rule anything out in this weird free agent market, though. Landing in the Bronx would be a best-case scenario for Moustakas' fantasy value.
Feb 5 - 4:54 PM

Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that the Yankees, Marlins and Rangers are the favorites to sign Cuban defector Juan Pablo Martinez.

The Yankees and Marlins both held private workouts for Martinez last week. The 21-year-old Martinez is still waiting to be cleared to sign by MLB. A center fielder with power and speed, he'll likely spend most of 2018 in the minors before perhaps getting a chance to win a starting job in 2019.
Jan 18 - 4:41 PM

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers are a possibility for free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

It's an odd fit. The Brewers already have a cheaper and younger third baseman in-house with Travis Shaw, but Bowden writes that signing Moustakas would allow them to flip Shaw to the Yankees, Braves, or Mets. It's unclear whether this is just internal discussion or if talks have actually taken place. They'd presumably try to trade Shaw for a starting pitcher, though Bowden also notes that the club continues to show interest in free agent Jake Arrieta. With the free agent market still widely unsettled, there are a lot of possibilities in the air.
Jan 15 - 8:44 AM

John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees' interest in Yu Darvish is "very real."

Harper says general manager Brian Cashman thinks they'd be able to sign Darvish at a "reasonable" price due to the stalled free agent market, which is part of the reason they didn't offer a stronger package for Gerrit Cole. Harper writes that the Yankees "seem to think" that price could be in the five-year, $80-90 million range. That seems awfully low, especially since there are a good number of clubs still in on the right-hander. Darvish would put the Yanks over the luxury-tax threshold even if they get him at a bargain rate, and the team has been adamant they won't go there. It would likely require them trading Jacoby Ellsbury and/or another player or two.
Jan 14 - 9:22 AM

Yu Darvish indicated Wednesday night on his personal Twitter account that he is deciding between six teams.

Darvish was responding to a report from Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, which stated that the free agent starter has received ongoing interest from the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and Twins. "I know one more team is in," Darvish replied. That team could be the Dodgers, as Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweeted Wednesday that it is his "understanding" the reigning NL champions are still in the mix "despite the financial hurdles." Darvish signing this week could finally unclog a free agent market that has been stagnant all winter for both starting pitchers and position players.
Jan 11 - 1:51 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Astros have engaged the Pirates on a potential Gerrit Cole trade.

This report comes on the heels of a comment from Astros owner Jim Crane stating that the team expects to add a "high-end starter" before heading to spring training. Cole had been drawing heavy trade interest from the Yankees, but New York has not been able to match up with the Pirates on a deal that makes sense for both sides. Passan says Houston has floated outfielder Derek Fisher in a possible return package for Cole but adds that one of Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley -- the Astros' top two prospects -- would probably have to be included.
Jan 8 - 1:23 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees were in contact with the Orioles regarding Manny Machado again this week.

Heyman believes that the likelihood of Machado being traded anywhere "still seems less than great," as the Orioles haven't come close to jumping on any offer they've received so far. There is also a big hurdle to clear in dealing Machado to the Yankees, as Orioles owner Peter Angelos isn't keen on trading his team's best player to a division rival. However, the Yanks certainly have the prospects to get something done, and they also believe they'd have a good shot to sign Machado long-term. Machado is set to hit free agency after the 2018 season.
Jan 5 - 10:12 AM

Bob Klapisch, formerly of the Bergen Record, reports that the Yankees are currently "nowhere" on a potential Gerrit Cole trade.

Klapish adds that the Yankees "were actually never close" to a deal with the Pirates and that the team's rotation "is set for now." There's been a lot of smoke with the Yankees and Cole, so it's hard to rule out something eventually happening, but whatever momentum there might have been certainly seems to have stalled at the very least. Cole is under team control through 2019.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 10:22:00 AM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Josh Harrison is drawing "considerable interest" on the trade market.

Biertempfel notes that the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Mets have all come forward to inquire about landing Harrison from the Pirates. The Yankees have also shown interest in Bucs ace Gerrit Cole, so it might make sense for the two come over together in the right deal. Harrison slashed .272/.339/.432 last season with 16 homers and 12 steals. The versatile 30-year-old can play multiple positions and is controlled through 2020 at a reasonable rate.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 10:10:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that a trade sending Gerrit Cole to the Yankees "is neither close nor imminent."

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM and The Athletic reported earlier Friday that a deal was close, but Passan and multiple others are hearing that while the Yanks and Pirates remain engaged, it doesn't appear a trade will go down soon. It sounds like the Yankees will probably move on if the Pirates insist on top prospect Gleyber Torres being involved in the deal, but New York should have enough in their farm system to make something work without Torres. Passan says the two clubs are in "a staring contest."
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 12:18:00 PM

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM and The Athletic reports that the Yankees are close to acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pirates in a trade.

Bowden says that top prospect Gleyber Torres will not be part of the package sent to the Pirates. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Thursday that the Pirates were "highly motivated" to trade Cole and that it was "a matter of when rather than if" he was dealt to the Yankees. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Mark Feinsand of MLB.com have since pumped the brakes on any momentum toward a trade, but Bowden is hearing that the two sides are about to cross the finish line. Stay tuned.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 10:54:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "there has been no positive movement in recent days" on trade talks with the Yankees and Pirates regarding Gerrit Cole.

Heyman says the Pirates have been asking for top prospect Gleyber Torres in a trade, which the Yankees understandably have been hesitant to agree to. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand is also hearing that there's no current momentum toward a deal, which is different than what Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Thursday. While Cole does appear to be at the top of the Yankees' pitcher wish list, they could move on to a free agent like Yu Darvish or Alex Cobb if they're turned off by the Pirates' asking price. Passan reported Thursday that the Pirates are "highly motivated" to trade Cole and even if the Yanks stand firm on not giving up Torres, "there’s enough to work with that a deal seems likely." However, it doesn't sound like anything is imminent.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 08:48:00 AM

A source told Yahoo's Jeff Passan that it's "a matter of when rather than if" the Yankees and Pirates come together on a deal for Gerrit Cole.

There haven't really been any reports of other suitors for Cole, which seems rather odd. The Yankees don't fit quite as well with the Pirates as other teams might, since they're believed to be offering around Clint Frazier and the Pirates have a bigger need in the infield. Still, the Yankees do have plenty of expendable talent, and if no one else steps up, a deal seems likely. If Frazier is involved in a Cole swap, one imagines an Andrew McCutchen trade wouldn't be far behind.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 09:10:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Yankees' talks with the Pirates on starter Gerrit Cole "have cooled" since the Winter Meetings.

Pittsburgh likely has a sky-high asking price on the 27-year-old right-hander, even though he registered an underwhelming 4.26 ERA over 203 innings with the Bucs in 2017. Cole had a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016 and he is under contractual control through the 2019 season. There's also known to be varying levels of interest from the Rangers, Twins, Brewers, and Orioles.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 11:26:00 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Yankees "have been digging into background/scouting" on Patrick Corbin.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post first reported last week that the Yankees were showing interest in Corbin, as the Bronx Bombers appear to still want to add rotation help even after re-signing CC Sabathia. Corbin posted a 4.03 ERA and 178/61 K/BB ratio over 189 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks in 2017 and will be a free agent after 2018.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 05:40:00 PM


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