After first reporting their interest earlier in the week, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says that the Yankees are are still looking at the possibility of trading for Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks.
Danks' numbers (9-6 with a 4.40 ERA) on the season aren't that great, not to mention he has about $34 million to go on his contract through 2016, including the $14.25 million he's due this year. So it would seem that the Sox would have to kick in some cash before the Yankees could ever agree to a deal for the lefty.
Heyman once noted that the White Sox are looking for young players and prospects as they continue their rebuild, and if the Yankees could give up minimal talent for him, then it would be a little more OK, but not very much.
Also this past week, ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that the Yankees had talked to the San Diego Padres about right-hander Ian Kennedy, but Heyman now says that there's no evidence they're even talking to the Padres about Kennedy.
Here is some more of what Heyman had to say about the Yankees and their search for another starting pitcher:
The rival Red Sox are said to listening on ace Jon Lester and others now, but he's more likely a winter free-agent consideration for them than a trade possibility for New York.
While Cliff Lee could become an option later if he pitches some better games in his return after a two-month absence with an elbow issue, the Yankees aren't focused on him now since he's all but sure to clear waivers in August and remain a trade candidate.
Lee's teammate Cole Hamels seems barely available, and even if he is, the Yankees probably don't have the upper-level prospects to do such a deal.
As for the third Philly starter, A.J. Burnett, the Yankees seem less than enthused about a reunion.
Meantime, the Diamondbacks, a sometime trading partner of the Yankees, don't seem interested in trading Wade Miley, a young, cost-efficient starter. Bartolo Colon, Kevin Correia and Edwin Jackson are some other available starters. The Mets and Yankees don't often trade, so Colon seems improbable, while the Yankees don't seem interested in Jackson, despite some speculation tying him to them.We've already seen in recent weeks that Brian Cashman has no plans to sit around at the deadline this season, with the Yankees still very much in the playoff race thanks to a very weak AL East. It's tough to say who, but I think he'll manage to get one more starter before it's all said and done.