Deadline's right around the corner. Here's the latest: - The big weekend trade was Johnny Cueto going to the Royals for a trio of lefty arms. From what I read, it sounds like the return for Cueto wasn't that great. Makes you wonder what the Yanks could have done if they had a full complement of healthy pitching prospects.
- Via George King, the Yanks scouted Cueto for 5 weeks and at one point had "limited discussions" with the Reds about a deal involving Ivan Nova. King says the Yanks are now waiting to see what the Tigers do with David Price.
- One pitcher they don't seem interested in pursuing is Cole Hamels. According to Joel Sherman, they aren't interested in trading top prospects (Judge, Severino, Bird, Mateo) or taking on big money, both of which they would have to do to acquire Hamels.
- Via Jon Heyman, the Yanks "have discussed just about every available top starter and reliever", so Cash is definitely doing his due diligence. I don't expect the team to change its stance on their top prospects though, so the biggest names out there are probably not realistic targets.