The New York Yankees have three scouts watching the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs as they look for bullpen and hitting help. It appears the Yankees may have some interest in Cubs left-handed reliever John Grabow as well as hitters such as Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano.Grabow and Burnett have both been awful this year, in the NL, so thanks but no thanks.
Although money can be an issue with some teams, the Yankees and Red Sox will usually spare no expense in getting the right players to help them win a pennant.
Although the Yankees already have a solid base in their everyday lineup, Ramirez or Soriano could add some punch as a designated hitter. Soriano has around $65 million left on his contract that runs through 2014. The Cubs would likely step up and share a good portion of that contract obligation if they found an interested party.
The Cubs are probably not inclined to trade Ramirez at this point; he has been one of baseball's hottest hitters over the past five weeks. Like Soriano, Ramirez can veto a trade. However with an option year left on his contract at $16 million, the likelihood of Ramirez approving a trade seems more plausible now than in May when he told ESPNChicago.com that he wanted to stay with the Cubs and would invoke his no-trade clause if they asked.
The Yankees bullpen is in need of veteran left-handed help. New York scouts are looking at many relievers around baseball. WTOP-FM 103.5 in Washington reported on Thursday that the Yankees have interest in Nationals left-hander Sean Burnett.
As for the hitters, they're both carry a lot of money with them, which is both good and bad. Bad because the Yankees would have to take on most of it, but good because the Cubs might be willing to give up both for less in return.
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