The Yankees had a scout in Colorado on Thursday night to watch their ace Ubaldo Jimenez, but that wasn’t even close to the only scout they had looking at a pitcher this week. They literally had scouts all over the country to watch the likes of the Cub’s Matt Garza, the Twin’s Francisco Liriano, the Marlin’s Anibal Sanchez, the Orioles’ Jeremy Guthrie, and the Padre’s reliever Heath Bell, according to George King of the NY Post.
What they are doing is evaluating the trade market and seeing all of the players that may be available at the deadline as they try to decide which one to target. This is a process of trying to figure out which has enough stuff to pitch effectively in the AL East. The next process is trying to work out a deal for one of these players.
Obviously Jimenez is the best name mentioned in this article, but it very well be that they don’t like what the Rockies ask for. The names that have been out there that Colorado is interested in are Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, and Manny Banuelos. The Yankees don’t want to deal any of those players so it may mean they have to move on to another name on the list.
Any smart GM will begin their conversations with the Yankees with one of those three names however so I expect general manager Brian Cashman to go into his ninja mode. He will continue to evaluate the available talent while discussing terms with other GM’s and he’ll just wait until the asking price drops into his range. With the names listed above there could be one or two he gets aggressive with, but in reality a deal will probably only go down if it is in his comfort level.