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Yankees have been better than expected this season.
Why would they want him?
Does anyone really think the Streinbrenners are going to want to go through another season of Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon? Sure, they were solid this season, but that's just asking for trouble.
What are the barriers?
The Yankees are fairly short on prospects at the moment, so they want to save them for the right move. Rodriguez is a nice pitcher, but he isn't the kind of sexy move they like to make. Mind you, he might be the best move they could make.
Yankees Initial Offer
How would you like A.J. Burnett? Now, Ed Wade can be pretty slow, but that would be way out of bounds. They may try to get the Astros to take someone like Phil Hughes to avoid digging too deep into the farm system. That might not be a terrible deal as long as one or two prospects are also involved.
Astros Initial Offer
Manny Banuelos would be a coup for the Astros. I doubt the Yankees would include him though. Catcher Gary Sanchez would be another one that would be a huge deal if he were included in a package.