Yankees Rumors: Talks for Upton Halted, Red Sox Still In Discussions

Via Bob Nightengale of the USA Today:

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, who often find themselves competing for the same player, have each had trade talks with the Arizona Diamondbacks for former All-Star right fielder Justin Upton, high-ranking executives from the three clubs said. The officials are not able to comment on the talks because they are ongoing.

Yet, while the Yankees’ package has not met the Diamondbacks’ demands, according to officials from New York and Arizona, the Red Sox still are engaged in talks.

“If somebody wants to overpay,” Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers said, “I’ll be more than willing to listen. It’s just a thing where people are kicking the tires right now. That’s it.”

First thing here is, just because the initial offer isn’t up to the Diamondbacks’ standards doesn’t mean that the next one won’t be.

Second, and most importantly, Kevin Towers is the Diamondbacks’ GM and he spent the last year working for the Yankees. That means two things. The two sides have a good relationship and it should be easier to work out a trade. But unfortunately it also means that he know the Yankees system pretty well too.

That’s bad because the Yankees aren’t going to be able to offer him a package of prospects that are coming off of good seasons, but overall aren’t exception players. Towers should be able to identify those players and instead he’ll hold out for prospects that the Yankees would likely really want to hold on to.

So in the end the Yankees good relationship with Towers is both a good and a bad thing.

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