July 23 roundup: Yankees talking, too
So much talk leading up to the Trade Deadline has involved the Mets, but the cross-town Yankees remain very much a part of the conversation.
ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that there is a “big gap” between what the Padres are asking for setup man Mike Adams and what the Yankees are willing to give up. Because of this, Olney says, a deal is unlikely.
Bob Klapisch of the the Bergen Record says the Yankees are still leaning toward not trading for a starter, despite Phil Hughes‘ poor outing against the Athletics on Friday. He says New York’s next option is bringing Ivan Nova back from the minors.
* Multiple Mets players’ names have been floated in trade rumors, but Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman reports that all the club’s talks revolve around Carlos Beltran. Any other trade, Heyman said, will come late. The New York Daily News reported the Mets would like to have a Beltran deal done before next weekend, rather than wait until the last minute.
Olney also tweeted that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is not necessarily sold on eating most of Beltran’s salary.
* FOX Sports’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Cardinals don’t intend to move Colby Rasmus, but are looking for every way to improve.
* Olney reported that there is growing interest in Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton.
— Joey Nowak