This shouldn’t come as much of a shock to anyone, but Buster Olney of ESPN wrote a short piece describing the Yankees trade strategy.
He said that essentially the Yankees want to hold on to their prospects, but every now and then they call the Seattle Mariners to ask about King Felix Hernandez. He said they would also be willing to take a run at Clayton Kershaw or even a big bat like Joey Votto if he became available.
From what we have seen since Brian Cashman got more authority after the 2006 season is that it is the Yankees first preference to keep their prospects. However when Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee became available they were willing to move Jesus Montero. What Olney is saying is that the same thing will be true with other big names that go on the trade block.
Cashman told John Harper of the NY Daily News this week that he won’t make a trade just to make a trade. Until something comes up that makes sense he is going to sit on his hands. It doesn’t seem like he’s sitting around just being passive though if he is calling the Mariners every few weeks to ask about Hernandez.