I’ve got a few Yankees notes to send along for now:
-Ken Rosenthal has been all over the Yankees over the past several hours. His latest tweet claims that the Bronx Bombers are interested in Astros ace Wandy Rodriguez.
-There are a few major hangups with Rodriguez, however. It is believed that the Astros want “impact” prospects, which from the Yankees perspective could mean C Jesus Montero, or possibly the highly-regarded relievers Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances. One could also make the claim for P Ivan Nova, who just yesterday picked up a victory in a 17-3 routing of the Baltimore Orioles.
-It should be noted the Yankees were reluctant in parting with any of those four in a proposed Ubaldo Jimenez deal, so the likelihood of dealing them in a Wandy Rodriguez trade could seem redundant.
-Alongside, the team receiving Rodriguez would likely be required to pay a majority of the almost $39 million that he is owed through 2014. That, however, is contingent on him exercising his player option.
-As we stated earlier, the Yanks also hold “high interest” in Padres closer Heath Bell. It is said that the Padres have realized they need to move him now before his value decreases later on, and will be actively shopping him throughout the afternoon.
-Joel Sherman, however, believes that the deal could be a long-shot because both sides must find common ground. The Rangers and Phillies may also hold interest, though that of the former may have dwindled after the acquisition of Koji Uehara.
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