The Yankees seem to be trying to find a way to get Jarrod Washburn. A few things are at play:
If he wants to waive his no-trade rights, great. But they’re not going to extend him or pay him off to do that. They also want Seattle to pick up some of the money Washburn has remaining. That is likely flexible based on the quality of the prospects they trade.
* There is no evidence that the Yankees are pursuing a catcher. There are plenty of teams trying to get them to take a catcher. Big difference.
* The Yankees aren’t flat-out saying no to Barry Bonds because you can’t flat-out say no to anything. But it’s not happening.
* The lefty reliever market is being driven by Colorado and Pittsburgh. Both seem think they can get blue-chip prospects for those guys. They probably can’t.