The trade deadline is a little more than 24 hours away, and while many things seem to be in the works, it’s been a relatively quiet morning.
I was told earlier today that the Yankees are still involved in some talks for Ian Kennedy, but their level of engagement was described as “medium,” whatever that means. Certainly doesn’t suggest the Yankees are any sort of front runners to bring back their former prospect. Echoing what another executive said earlier in the week, a baseball source said the Yankees really lack a reliable, front-end prospect that might be necessary to make a big move.
If you assume Jon Lester and David Price won’t be traded to New York, and that Cole Hamels will require the kind of on-the-verge prospect that the Yankees don’t have, then Kennedy might be the best remaining rotation option out there. But getting him might not be doable.
The Yankees have also been linked to the Rockies Brett Anderson, but Ken Rosenthal reports that the the Rockies are more likely to pick up Anderson’s option rather than trade him at the deadline.
For offense, the Yankees are linked to Twins outfielder Josh Willingham, but there really don’t seem to be a ton of go-to bats out there this year. Pitching is really generating the most buzz as the deadline approaches.