Franklin Morales, the Red Sox pitcher who got lit up by the Yankees in the first game of the double header on Saturday, nearly became a Yankee a year ago. According to Joel Sherman of the Post, the Yankees believed they had actually completed a deal last May that would have sent the Rockies cash in exchange for the 26-year-old lefty before Colorado turned around and got more money out of the Red Sox instead.
The Rockies apparently gave the Yankees a last minute change to outbid the Red Sox, but having already believed to have a deal in place they rejected the offer on the grounds that there was foul play going on. Rockies executives told Sherman that they never believed they had a deal in place at all and were annoyed that the Yankees wouldn’t agree to send more money.
This is the second time in less than a year where we have heard stories of the Yankees trying to make a trade with Colorado only to have a problem spring up.
Last season the Yankees were interested in trading for Ubaldo Jimenez at the trade deadline, but talks never went anywhere after the Rockies refused to let the Yankees examine his shoulder before negotiating. The Yankees make it a rule to give pitchers MRI’s in their shoulders before completing a trade (as they did in the Michael Pineda deal) and never took negotiations seriously after that and refused to include Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos, or Dellin Betances in any talks from that point on.
So it seems doubtful that the Yankees would be eager to trade with the Rockies in the future given the past history. The Yankees haven’t been rumored to have any interest in Rockies pitchers so far this hotstove season.