UPDATE, 9:54 a.m: According to Buster Olney of ESPN, there are “no legs” on the Yankees/Indians Justin Masterson interest, meaning most likely the deal will not happen.
The Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees are in the same boat. The Indians would rather keep their starter Justin Masterson but are listening to trade proposals. The Yankees would rather keep their outfielder Brett Gardner but are listening to trade proposals. However, the Yankees seem to come out as a possible suitor for Justin Masterson–if they could pull off a 3-team deal involving Masterson and Gardner.
According to Bob Nightingale of USA Today, the Yankees are interested in acquiring Masterson but of course both the Yankees and the Indians would need a third team should the deal happen. The Indians already have no use for Gardner since they already have a center fielder.
In a report from Tuesday night, the Yankees would be extremely open to trading Ichiro Suzuki and would rather hold on to Gardner, however the Yankees might deal Gardner if the price is right.
The Yankees aren’t the only team interested in Masterson: The Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly interested in Masterson as well, and in my opinion I believe they have a better chance of pulling off a trade with the Indians since they have more to offer in their farm system.