New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Latest Updates and Reaction

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2013

New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Latest Updates and Reaction

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    While the Yankees have done a remarkable job of mixing and matching to remain in shouting distance of a playoff spot, the team approaches the trade deadline with more questions than answers.

    There's no question that the team needs bats, and the chances of acquiring a player capable of producing like Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez can are slim. 

    But there's no way of knowing how much production that trio will be able to provide when they are healthy enough to return to the lineup, which finds Brian Cashman in a difficult spot.

    Does he roll the dice on the current 25-man roster, believing that trio's addition will be enough to not only clinch a playoff spot but also give the team a legitimate shot of making a deep playoff run?

    Or will he look to make a more substantial move, trading for an impact bat to not only bolster the lineup but also serve as insurance if the returning stars aren't able to produce as the team has become accustomed to?

    There's also a third, less popular option. The Yankees may decide 2013 simply isn't their year and become sellers, dealing away veteran pieces and expiring contracts for younger, less established talent with an eye toward 2014 and beyond.

    Things are going to get interesting in the Bronx over the next few weeks, and this is the place to find the latest rumors involving the Yankees, along with analysis of and reaction to any rumored or completed deals.

The Yankees Tried to Land Michael Young

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    Update: August 1, 6:56 p.m. ET:

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has updated his earlier report and now says that the Yankees made two offers for Michael Young which, obviously, were both rejected.

    The first was right-handed pitcher Tommy Kahnle (1-2, 2.42 ERA, 44.2 IP, 30/53 BB/K for Double-A Trenton) and the Yankees picking up the $5 million remaining on Young's contract, while the second saw the Yankees pick up the money but offer a different, unknown prospect in exchange for the veteran.

    --End of Update--

    Update: August 1, 8:00 a.m. ET

    You can't fault Brian Cashman for not shoring up third base and catcher for the Yankees, as he tried to do both on deadline day, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    From his report:

    Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Phillies GM Ruben Amaro spoke on the phone around 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, an hour before the trade deadline, at which time Amaro confirmed what the Yankees had been reading in the media: Michael Young was willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Yankees.

    So Cashman offered to send a prospect to Philly and pay the $5 million to go on Young's deal. And Amaro rejected the deal.

    Then Cashman asked about Phillies veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz, and was told that Ruiz, who has one home run this year, is not available.

    It's fair to assume that the prospect being offered wasn't a big name, especially with the Yankees offering to pick up all of the money left on Young's deal, but you can't fault Cashman for trying.

    Both Ruiz and Young would have been substantial upgrades at two positions of need for the club.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 30, 6:10 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Jayson Stark says that Michael Young is trying to steer trades to his preferred destinations, and that both Texas and Boston are ahead of the Yankees on his wish list.

    Stark goes on to say that if a trade to either of Young's first two preferred destinations can't be worked out, he's not totally opposed to joining the Bombers.

    Stay tuned folks, as things could get interesting as the night goes on.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 30, 1:03 p.m. ET

    Well, we got the answer to our question, courtesy of the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

    Sherman tweets that if Young is indeed on the move today, he's not heading to the Yankees, as team sources have told him that they are not involved in any potential deal for the veteran infielder.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 30, 12:50 p.m. ET  

    I preface this by saying that there is no indication that Young is heading to the Bronx, but it's worth noting that the Phillies are promoting third base prospect Cody Asche today, first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

    As Passan notes, this points to Michael Young being traded at some point today—but there is nothing on the rumor mill as to where he might be headed.

    Multiple teams, including the Yankees and Red Sox, are thought to be interested in the seven-time All-Star. While I stand by my previous assessment that the Yankees' chances of landing him were slim, we all know that you can never count the Bronx Bombers out of anything until it's over.

    --End of Update--

    While the Phillies have yet to admit defeat in their quest for a playoff berth and proclaimed themselves open for business, the writing is on the wall that Philadelphia is going nowhere fast and that selling off some veteran pieces for help in the future is the way to go.

    Third baseman Michael Young, who spent the bulk of his career manning various spots in the infield for Texas, remains a person of interest for the Yankees, who obviously need help at the hot corner given Alex Rodriguez' uncertain future.

    But according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Boston also has its eyes on the seven-time All-Star. That's bad news for a Yankees team that simply can't compete with the depth, especially on the mound, that Boston has in its minor league system.

    If Young does officially become available and the two rivals make a play to acquire him, its hard to see any scenario in which the Yankees get their man.

Is Phil Hughes on His Way out of Town?

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    Update: July 31, 3:45 p.m. ET

    Brian Cashman and Atlanta GM Frank Wren had discussions today about a trade that would send Phil Hughes to the Braves, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, but it doesn't appear as if a deal is going to materialize before the trade deadline hits.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 17, 1:43 p.m. ET

    So far, the Yankees have not received an offer to their liking in exchange for Phil Hughes, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who points to the Los Angeles Angels as a potential trade partner.

    Per Heyman, the Angels have liked Hughes for quite some time, nearly drafting him in 2004 before deciding to go with Jered Weaver instead.

    Unless a general manager is willing to meet Brian Cashman's asking price—thought to be a right-handed corner bat with power— the Yankees will hold onto Hughes for the rest of the season.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 15, 8:50 a.m. ET

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that the Yankees are looking to turn Hughes into a right-handed corner bat with power, one who is under team control for more than the rest of the 2013 season.

    If a deal doesn't come along to their liking, the team is prepared to give Hughes the 2014 tender (roughly $13.8 million), with the team's thinking being that if he accepts, it would still be able to trade him next season and if he declines, the team would receive a compensatory draft pick when he signs elsewhere.

    While Hughes has been maddening as a starter, showing flashes of brilliance that are all too short-lived, it makes sense for the Yankees to stand their ground and not take less than what they want in a deal for him.

    Sure, it would be nice to have Ivan Nova in the rotation and to see whether Michael Pineda can recapture the magic that was the first half of his 2011 season in Seattle, but with an aging rotation, it never hurts to have extra arms available.

    Besides, we've seen Hughes dominate out of the bullpen before, and that could be where he's headed in the postseason should the Yankees make it that far, especially if Nova continues to throw the ball well in spot duty.

    --End of Update--

    Fox Spots' Ken Rosenthal quotes an unnamed American League executive as saying that the Yankees are "aggressively trying to move both Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes," with the expectation that Chamberlain is likely headed to a National League club.

    Hughes, a free agent at the end of the season who was once considered to be more untouchable than Chamberlain, has proven once again this season that Yankee Stadium is his undoing, as evidenced by his drastic home and away splits:


    That's par for the course for Hughes, who has a career 4.77 ERA at Yankee Stadium, a 4.04 ERA away from the homes that Ruth and George built.

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says that the Angels are a possible destination for the 27-year-old, citing another American League executive who believes that the Yankees could receive a substantial return for Hughes, should the team decide to move him.

    With Michael Pineda close to making his Yankees debut and Ivan Nova waiting in the wings, moving Hughes makes a lot of sense for the Yankees, who, for the first time in a long time, seemingly have a plethora of starting pitching at their disposal.

Alberto Callaspo to the Rescue?

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    Update: July 30, 10:34 p.m. ET

    Forget the whole Alberto Callaspo to the Yankees idea, as Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Oakland Athletics have traded for the versatile infielder. CBS Sports' Danny Knobler says that second baseman Grant Green is the player heading back to Los Angeles.

    The Yankees' search for a halfway decent third baseman continues.

    --End of Update--

    CBS Sports' Danny Knobler says that the Yankees have interest in acquiring third baseman Alberto Callaspo from the Angels, though he notes that multiple teams have interest in the 30-year-old infielder.

    He doesn't offer much in the way of power or run production, with only five home runs and 36 RBI on the season, but his .253/.323/.353 slash line would be a major improvement over the ..215/.275/.285 line that Yankees third basemen have combined to produce this season.

    Knobler doesn't mention any names as far as what the Yankees may be offering, but I'd speculate that a Phil Hughes-for-Alberto Callaspo swap isn't out of the question. The Yankees have been trying to move Hughes for weeks and the Angels almost drafted him back in 2004 before deciding to go with Jered Weaver.

Alex Rios Back in the Picture?

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    Update: July 30, 7:17 p.m. ET

    The Yankees on-again, off-again pursuit of Alex Rios is once again off, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, who points to the acquisition of Alfonso Soriano and Curtis Granderson's progression on his rehab assignment as the reasons why.

    It didn't make much sense for the Yankees to be searching for another corner outfield bat, though if Rios isn't moved by tomorrow afternoon and the team decides to part ways with Granderson this winter, Rios could be one of the team's targets in the offseason.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 30, 4:40 p.m. ET's Scott Merkin tweets that the Yankees have renewed intrerest in Chicago outfielder Alex Rios, who would need to waive his no-trade clause to come to New York—an act that was previously reported as something Rios would not do.

    Those reports were false, as Rios vented to ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine:

    No, it is not true at all because if I was asked I was willing to waive my no-trade clause to go to the Yankees. It hasn’t been brought to me at all but I never turned a deal down to New York.

    The Yankees aren't alone in their pursuit of Rios, as reports earlier today indicated that the Pittsburgh Pirates were close to a deal, though both CBS Sports' Jon Heyman and Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review say those reports were premature.

    --End of Update--

    So the story goes that before the Yankees went into hot pursuit of Alfonso Soriano, Brian Cashman called Rick Hahn, GM of the Chicago White Sox, to talk about a deal involving right fielder Alex Rios.

    Those talks ended quickly, however, when Hahn informed Cashman that Rios would not waive his no-trade clause to come to New York, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

    While there's no question that at this point in their respective careers that Rios is the superior player to Soriano, the Yankees are probably better off that the 32-year-old outfielder turned them down. Simply put, it would have taken a lot more than a low-level pitching prospect to land Rios, and the Yankees simply cannot afford to start trading away legitimate prospects for players in their mid-30's.

Hunter Pence in the Bronx?

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    Brian Cashman gave former Yankees' exec Brian Sabean a call to see what it would take to bring Hunter Pence to the Bronx, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who goes on to say that there doesn't seem to be a match between the two teams at this point.

    While the Yankees can certainly use as much offense as possible, it is a bit odd that they'd be looking for another corner outfield bat with Curtis Granderson now on a rehab assignment and expected back at some point early next month.

    That the Yankees are still looking for corner outfield help doesn't give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside when it comes to Granderson's return. Perhaps the Grandy Man isn't as close to a return as we'd like to believe?

Guess Who's Back...Back Again

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    Update: July 26, 11:22 a.m. ET

    Corey Black is the pitcher heading to Chicago, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman. While he was starting in the minors for the Yankees, Sherman reports that the Cubs view Black as a power reliever.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 26, 9:16 a.m. ET

    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that commissioner Bud Selig has approved the trade and Alfonso Soriano is once again officially a Yankee. 

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 26, 8:54 a.m. ET

    All that's left is for MLB to put its stamp of approval on the deal, but for all intents and purposes, Alfonso Soriano is once again a member of the New York Yankees and should be in the team's lineup tonight.

    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Yankees will pick up $6.8 million of the roughly $25 million that remains on Soriano's contract—$1.8 million in 2013 and $5 million in 2014, which should have little-to-no impact on the team's quest to be under the $189 million luxury tax threshold next season.

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs will pick from a short list of at least two but no more than three minor league pitchers, a list that includes right-handers Tommy Kahnle and Corey Black.

    Kahnle, 23, the team's fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft, has pitched to a 2.47 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 50 strikeouts over 43.2 innings of relief for Double-A Trenton.

    Black, 21, the team's fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft, has gone 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 19 starts for High-A Tampa.

    Neither one was considered anything more than a low-level prospect with minimal upside, so the Yankees really didn't give up anything of significant value to get the right-handed bat that the team desperately needed.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 25, 11:04 p.m. ET

    With MLB yet to approve the paperwork and money that is changing hands, the deal is unlikely to go down tonight, according to's Carrie Muskat.

    it looks like those Yankees fans with tickets to Saturday's game will be the first to welcome Soriano back to the Bronx.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 25, 9:21 p.m. ET

    USA Today's Bob Nightengale says that the two sides have agreed on which low-level pitching prospect will be heading to Chicago, though that player's identity is not yet known.

    With both sides apparently still working on a deal, there's still a chance this gets done tonight so that Soriano makes his return with the Yankees tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium against Tampa Bay.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 25, 8:00 p.m. ET

    Alfonso Soriano has been held out of Chicago's lineup tonight in anticipation of the long-discussed trade between the Cubs and Yankees finally being completed.

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the deal was  "99 percent done," as reported by the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan.

    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Yankees would send a lower-level pitching prospect to Chicago in exchange for Soriano, with the Cubs picking up most of the $25 million left on the veteran's deal. It appears that the only thing left to be done is for Soriano to sign a waiver to get around his no-trade clause.

    Stay tuned, folks, for Soriano could once again be a member of the Bronx Bombers before you go to sleep tonight.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 24, 7:37 p.m. ET

    One of the biggest hurdles to jump over in any proposed deal involving Alfonso Soriano is his no-trade clause. While it was widely assumed that Soriano would waive it in order to rejoin the Yankees, nobody knew for sure.

    Until now.'s Carrie Muskat reports that Theo Epstein and Soriano met on Tuesday night, as expected, and that Soriano gave Epstein a short list of teams to which he'd accept a trade. The Yankees were on that list.

    While there are still plenty of things that need to be ironed out before a deal can take place, including which side will pay how much of the money that remains on Soriano's contract, this latest development is a step in the right direction.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 23, 5:20 p.m. ET

    Hold off on getting your old Soriano jersey out of that box in the attic, Yankees fans, for the deal to bring him back to the Bronx isn't as close to being a done deal as was reported earlier.

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune was able to confirm that the two sides have talked about a deal that would send Soriano to the Bronx, while MLB Network's Peter Gammons tweeted that Theo Epstein was flying to Arizona where he and GM Jed Hoyer were expected to talk with Soriano about a potential deal.

    But during an interview with Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin on MLB Network Radio, Hoyer characterized talk of a deal being close as "premature".

    Chances are that a deal does eventually get done, as the Cubs have been trying to move Soriano for years and the Yankees are desperate for a right-handed bat with power.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 23, 5:38 a.m. ET

    According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Yankees are on the verge of acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs in exchange for a mid-level prospect.

    Chicago is reportedly going to pick up the bulk of the salary remaining on Soriano's deal.

    --End of Update--

    It's a possibility, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, who cites major league sources as saying that the Yankees have interest in a reunion with the veteran slugger.

    Now 37, Soriano is no longer a perennial 30-30 candidate, but he certainly fits the team's need for right-handed bat with power and hasn't been as much of a defensive liability in left field as many perceive him to be.

    Wittenmyer goes on to say that it's far more likely Soriano is dealt in August, when he'd likely clear waivers thanks to the $25 million that remains on his contract, but whether it's in July or August, bringing Soriano back into the fold makes a lot of sense for the Yankees.

    He's always been a popular figure among fans, is a terrific presence in the clubhouse and would likely jump at the chance to get back to New York, not only due to the familiar surroundings but also because the Yankees hold spring training in Florida, which is where he lives in the offseason.

Justin Morneau the Bombers' Fallback Plan?

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    While Alfonso Soriano remains the team's focus, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have checked in with Minnesota about first baseman Justin Morneau.

    While his numbers on the season are better than Lyle Overbay's, Morneau has been mired in an ugly slump since July 1 that has seen him hit .194 with three home runs, four RBI and a .657 OPS over his last 18 games.

    The 32-year-old first baseman doesn't fit the team's need for a right-handed bat with power, but it makes sense for the Bombers to at least check in on what it might take to swing a deal should a trade for Soriano not materialize.

Aramis Ramirez Won't Be Added Before the Deadline

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    Update: July 20 at 12:00 p.m. ET

    Forget everything that we just talked about in regards to Aramis Ramirez.

    According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Ramirez is not going to be activated from the disabled list on Monday and is expected to miss at least another 10-to-14 days, pushing his return date past the non-waiver trade deadline.

    While a trade in August is possible, its highly unlikely, especially if the Yankees find themselves further out of the playoff picture than they currently are.

    --End of Update--

    Update: July 19 at 3:43 p.m. ET

    Despite previous reports that the Bombers felt Aramis Ramirez was too costly an addition, the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo says that both the Yankees and Red Sox will be scouting the veteran when he is activated from the disabled list on Monday.

    A right-handed bat with power, trading for Ramirez would make sense for the Yankees despite the imminent return of Alex Rodriguez. That said, nobody is quite sure what Milwaukee is seeking in exchange for him (you can be sure that the Brewers aren't going to give him away), and he does have significant money left on his contract.

    Finances are something to keep in mind when it comes to any proposed deal for the Yankees, who are intent on being under the $189 million luxury tax threshold next year and still have to re-sign Robinson Cano and, perhaps, Curtis Granderson as well.

    --End of Update--

    With Milwaukee going nowhere fast, rumors have been circulating surrounding nearly every player on the roster with the exception of Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura, who are considered to be untouchable.

    Aramis Ramirez's name has been linked to the Yankees in past seasons, and with the team needing to add an impact bat—and the fact that sooner, rather than later, Alex Rodriguez is going to become the most expensive full-time designated hitter in baseball history—it makes sense that some would speculate that the Yankees would have interest in acquiring the two-time All-Star.

    But according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, that simply isn't going to happen, as the Bronx Bombers believe that Ramirez is too pricey of an addition—both monetarily (he's signed through 2014 at $16 million with a mutual $14 million option for 2015) and in terms of what Milwaukee would be asking for in return.


Chase Headley Won't Be Wearing Pinstripes

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    Brian Cashman called Padres GM Josh Byrnes to see if there was a deal to be made involving third baseman Chase Headley...and found out that there wasn't, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    The Padres view the switch-hitting Headley as the player who broke out last season with an .875 OPS, 31 home runs and a National League-leading 115 RBI—not the player who has seven home runs, 31 RBI and a .689 OPS through the first half of this year.

    While Headley would be an upgrade over the group of players that the Yankees have used at the hot corner this season, selling the farm to acquire him simply makes no sense, especially with last year looking more like an aberration than the norm for the 29-year-old.

Yankees Shopping a Three-Player Package

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    According to ESPN's Jim Bowden (subscription required), the Yankees have been shopping a three-player package of Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and catching prospect J.R. Murphy in their attempts to acquire an impact bat.

    So far, nobody has bitten on the trio, and Bowden makes the case that while Minnesota's Justin Morneau would be a fit in the Bronx, the Twins aren't likely to be interested in that package of players, with Joe Mauer entrenched behind the plate and the looming free agency of Chamberlain and Hughes.

    Murphy, 22, the team's second-round pick in the 2009 draft, has split time between Double-A and Triple-A this season, hitting a combined .282 with 9 HR, 37 RBI and an .801 OPS.

    With Gary Sanchez still considered the catcher of the future in the Bronx, Murphy is expendable—and his inclusion should make the pair of pending free agents that the team is trying to unload a bit more attractive, especially for a team in need of a young catcher.

Will Joba Chamberlain Be Dealt?

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    Update: June 9, 2:33 p.m. ET

    We can add the Philadelphia Phillies to the list of teams who are interested in acquiring Joba Chamberlain, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

    Philadelphia has two players who you'd imagine would be of tremendous interest to the Yankees: third baseman Michael Young and catcher Carlos Ruiz, both of whom Feinsand goes on to note are believed to be available.

    While it's unlikely that Joba by himself would bring back both veterans, a one-for-one trade of Chamberlain for Young would make sense for both clubs. Young is a capable defender at multiple infield positions and still swings a solid bat, two things that the Yankees could certainly use.

    Chamberlain, who clearly needs a change of scenery, would essentially be embarking on a two-month audition for the Phillies, who if they acquired him, could become more motivated to move Jonathan Papelbon, most likely to a team that the Yankees are competing against (Boston and Detroit come to mind).

    --End of Update--

    Whether or not he finishes the season with the Yankees, it's very likely 2013 is the last year Joba Chamberlain will spend in pinstripes.

    A free agent after the season, the once untouchable pitching prospect has drawn interest from Atlanta and San Francisco, according to the New York Post's George A. King III and Dan Martin. But what the pair of National League clubs might be offering in exchange is unknown.

    Chamberlain, 27, has pitched to a 5.75 ERA and 1.77 WHIP over 20.1 innings of relief this season, though his FIP (5.09) and xFIP (3.99) (via FanGraphs) indicate he's been better than his bloated numbers would indicate.

    The emergence of Preston Claiborne and the solid performance by veteran Shawn Kelley out of the bullpen have made Joba expendable, and parting ways now, rather than after the season, may be the best thing for both player and team.

Will the Yankees Add Another Catcher?

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    According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Francisco Cervelli has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a broken hand suffered back in April. He's now dealing with a stress reaction in his right elbow, resulting in the 27-year-old being shut down until after the All-Star break.

    That leads McCullough to say the team might be looking to add another backstop before the trade deadline hits. Such a move makes sense considering the lack of production that the Yankees have gotten from the position (aside from Cervelli):

     Catcher G BA OPS XBH (HR) RBI
    Francisco Cervelli 17 .269 .877 6 (3) 8
    Austin Romine 31 .136 .331 3 (0) 2
    Chris Stewart 57 .253 .658 5 (3) 13

    The trade market isn't expected to have any big-name backstops available, but veterans like John Buck of the cross-town Mets and former Yankees' farmhand Dioner Navarro (now with the Cubs) are likely to be relatively low-cost options as the trade deadline draws near.

    Romine has been a colossal disappointment, and while Stewart has done a solid job defensively, both Buck and Navarro would represent an upgrade at the plate.

Don't Count on Alex Rios Landing in the Bronx

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    While the team's recent move of Curtis Granderson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list was largely a procedural move to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Michael Pineda, the fact remains that Granderson, who hasn't played since May 24, still can't grip a bat.

    There's no timetable for his return from a fractured knuckle, and with the Yankees getting mediocre production in right field—the seven players who have spent time there in 2013 have combined to hit .265 with eight home runs, 27 RBI and a .698 OPS—it would make sense for the team to look to upgrade the position.

    Of the players available, Chicago's Alex Rios, who provides right-handed power in the middle of the lineup would seem to be an ideal fit.

    But Rios, who is signed through the 2014 season with a team option for 2015, has the Yankees listed as one of the six teams he can block a trade to, according to the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales.

    While players can often be financially motivated to waive no-trade clauses, it's hard to see the veteran doing so to come to New York, as his playing time is likely to be cut into if and when Granderson returns to action.