When your most notable move during a typically transaction-heavy week is dealing Brian Bruney for a Rule 5 pick, times might seem slow. For the Yankees, though, that’s not the case. They’ve been working towards their goal of acquiring “pitching, pitching, pitching — and left field” this week. Just because nothing has come of these talks doesn’t mean nothing’s happening.
The three-way trade talks from last night have died, and it appears that the Yankees aren’t interested in revisiting it. They didn’t like giving up all four players just for Granderson (the latest on the matter said that “the Diamondbacks currently aren’t willing to send prospects to New York in the exchange.”). That doesn’t mean the Yanks are out on Granderson, however. As Mark Feinsand notes, the Yanks are still talking about Granderson, but without the Diamondbacks involved. There’s that.
Then there is the matter of Andy Pettitte, who started the week atop the Yankees’ priority list. He still remains up there, though the Granderson talks might have taken the top stop temporarily. According to Ken Davidoff, the Yanks are still talking with Pettitte’s agents, the Hendricks brothers. Those are two pretty major negotiations, so it’s understandable if we don’t see the Yankees connected with anyone else.
So when you see something about the Yankees not being interested in Rafael Soriano, that might be a temporary thing. Right now they have two big deals on their plate, and that requires plenty of attention. We might just have to wait this one out.
Updated by Mike (12:03pm): Turns out the three-way trade might be back on.