The Rockies have had scouts on Betances at least since a July 18th start and they are there again tonight as he pitches for the Double-A Trenton Thunder, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
It makes sense that the Rockies would be following him closely. The Yankees have made it clear that they will not include left handed prospect Manny Banuelos in any deal. That leaves Betances as their next best pitcher to headline a deal with so they would want to be very familiar with him.
The thing is, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the latest is that the Rockies are not budging on lowering their asking price on Jimenez of three top prospects. The Yankees are certainly not going to pay that.
At this point the two sides (well it’s actually the Rockies and about four or six other teams, not just the Yankees) are locked in a game of chicken. The deadline is Sunday. Who is going to break first? The Rockies could and would get less of a package or it could be the Yankees and they may end up overpaying for Jimenez. Brian Cashman doesn’t seem like he’s going to budge.