The pitcher the Yankees tried hardest to trade for this past July 31st trade deadline was probably Hiroki Kuroda. They probably would have pulled off a trade too, but Kuroda evoked his no trade clause and that put an end to talks between the Yankees and Dodgers.
Now it looks like Kuroda has no problem playing for the Yankees as well as a few other teams, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
It probably wasn’t anything personal against the Yankees, Kuroda seems to just like Los Angeles and after that option was closed to him this offseason he has broadened the amount of teams he is willing to play for.
Kuroda is said to be looking for a one-year deal worth $12-13 million. The Yankees will probably keep trying to find a trading partner to add a starter via that option and they are likely in on the bidding for Yu Darvish. If both of those things fall through though, we could see the Yankees calling Kuroda.