The New York Yankees have three scouts watching the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs as they look for bullpen and hitting help. It appears the Yankees may have some interest in Cubs left-handed reliever John Grabow as well as hitters such as Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano.
When I first read this I thought it was just silly, however in the light of the recent news surrounding Alex Rodriguez‘s knee it does seem like the Yankees could be interested after all.
First of all there is Grabow, a 32-year-old lefty that has struggled this year putting up a 5.11 ERA over 37 innings. He has done a good job against lefties though holding them to a .196 average and a .596 OPS. If the Yankees could resist the urge to use him against righties than he could really help the team.
Then there is Ramirez and Soriano. I could see the Yankees interested in one of them, but not both. Soriano seems less than likely, but Levine said that the Cubs may be willing to eat a good amount of the $54 million he is owed after this year. So depending on how desperate the Cubs are to rid themselves of Soriano (meaning how much money they will actually each) could determine the Yankees interest.
Then there is Ramirez. He is in the final year of his contract (he has a $16 million team option for 2012) so he would only be a rental. With A-Rod out potentially for a month or more if he elects to have surgery Ramirez could be a great fit. He could give the Yankees an everyday third baseman, even when A-Rod returns using him as the DH might be a smart move considering the nature of his injury.
The Cubs are sitting in 5th place as of Saturday morning. Dealing a player who will be a free agent at the end of the year is no big deal to them. If the Yankees were willing to take Soriano off their hands they would probably jump at it too. Grabow could also be a big lift in the bullpen. Now the only issue is if they can work out a deal. That ultimately depends on how much the Cubs want for these guys.