The Yankees had early discussions with the Rays about trading for Matt Garza, but Brian Cashman told the Daily News that the cost was going to be too high, possibly greater than what the Cubs gave up.
“Strong impressions were that it would be something that would cost us more because we are in the division, kind of like Roy Halladay,” Cashman said.
That suggests a significant package of prospects, especially considering most analysis I’ve read in the wake of the Garza trade suggests the Cubs might have overpaid slightly for the starter. At the very least, there’s a strong sense that it was a good deal for the Rays.
Hard to imagine the Yankees going beyond that, regardless of their rotation situation.
Also in the Daily News report, Cashman once again said he will not give up his first-round pick for any remaining free agent, but he said pitching remains an offseason target.
“But pitching is the focus, more than anything else,” Cashman said. “Nothing has changed from that standpoint.”