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MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees Unwilling to Give Up Big Prospects for Relievers

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 12:  National League All-Star Heath Bell #21 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch in the eighth inning of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field on July 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IJuly 20, 2011

Via Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated:

Yankees unwilling to trade big prospect for reliever; think they’ll be OK in pen. seek SP but still see Ubaldo as longshot

With Rafael Soriano‘s return looming, the Yankees haven’t been attached to too many relievers in rumors. The few we have heard about are mostly lefties with the exception of Padres’ pitchers Heath Bell and Mike Adams.

That doesn’t mean that Brian Cashman doesn’t have other leads he is following—he most certainly does. It just means that the Yankees aren’t likely to land any big names.

Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted earlier today that the Yankees are still talking to the Padres, but with half a dozen teams interested in Bell and Adams and the Yankees looking to hold on to their bigger prospects, talk is cheap.

I expect they will keep on trying to add a lefty all the way up until the last minute before the deadline though.


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