• The Twins are expected to trade Justin Morneau, but he isn’t drawing significant interest, according to Jon Heyman. The Yankees, specifically, are looking for right handed bats. He’s still owed $6 million this season, the final year of his six-year $80 million deal.
• The Yankees called the Padres to ask about third baseman Chase Headley, according to Heyman, but it seems as if there will be no trade made between the two teams. Headley is having a down year after his breakout season last year. He’s hit just .232/.333/.365 in 83 games.
• He’s said this before, but Robinson Cano’s father reiterated that he thinks Cano will stay with the Yankees this offseason.
• Joel Sherman, after speaking with two front office executives, said that Curtis Granderson‘s injuries could make it more likely that he’ll just accept a qualifying offer to stay with the Yankees while he re-establishes his value.
• The Phillies are resisting being sellers at the trade deadline, but they have gotten such intense trade interest in Michael Young that they could be persuaded to trade him, according to Rosenthal.
• The Yankees are shopping Joba Chamberlain around pretty hard, but teams are weary of trading for him because they think that he might just be released anyway.
• The Tigers are interested in Joba though.
• The Yankees, along with a few other teams, are interested in Cuban righty Dalier Hinojosa, per Jesse Sanchez. Hinojosa is a 27-year-old with a mid-to-low 90’s fastball with a slider, curve, two-seamer, and changeup. He’s 6-foot-2 and 210-pounds.
• The Yankees aren’t very interested in Marlon Byrd and the Mets have said that they would only move him if they were blown away with an offer, per Bob Klapisch.
It doesn’t sound like the Yankees have a lot to look forward to. Honestly, after the last setback to Jeter and now with the injury to Zoilo Almonte, I’m not so sure they should be buyers. At least not for rental players. I like what they’re doing with Hughes, not just giving him up for anybody and trying to look for someone who can help them down the road. Otherwise they might as well just keep him and hope he doesn’t accept a qualifying offer.
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