The deadline is less than 4 days away. Here are the latest rumors fresh from the mill:
– This one actually goes back to late last week, but it appears as though Francisco Cervelli is still a hot commodity for the Rockies and White Sox. Joel Sherman mentioned both teams’ interest in Cervelli in a post centered on Troy Tulowitzki last Thursday, although to be fair, he did not specifically state that there was any new interest since ST. As I said last week, Cervelli could be a useful trade chip for Cash if he’s looking to make another smaller deal for a helpful piece.
– Josh Willingham is the preferred choice for more right-handed thump, according to Jon Heyman. Marlon Byrd and Alex Rios were also thrown out as targets, but Willingham’s $7 mil salary and no additional years of commitment beyond 2014 make him more attractive to the Yankees. Willingham is hitting .219/.361/.421 with 10 HR in 230 PA this season.
– The Yankees are “currently not in on Matt Kemp” per Andrew Marchand. No shock there. He’d be an interesting buy-low candidate in terms of a prospect package if the Dodgers are trying hard to dump him (.277/.343/.432 in 373 PA), but that contract is brutal and there’s no way he would play center field over Ellsbury and Gardner.
– This is a name we haven’t heard yet, but the Yanks and Cubs have had talks about right-hander Jake Arrieta. He’s had a monster year (2.18/2.10/2.76, 99 K in 91.0 IP) and is squarely in his prime at age 28. It would take “an offer the Cubs could not refuse” to get him according to George Ofman, and it’s extremely doubtful the Yankees have the pieces to make that offer.