From The Journal News:
Brian Cashman is breaking down every roster looking for a center fielder who can track down balls in the gaps and hit ninth. Mike Cameron is the ideal fit, but the Mets won’t make that move unless they get Robinson Cano in return. Randy Winn (Seattle) or Eric Byrnes (Colorado) would come much cheaper.
Cashman has vowed that the Yankees will not add considerably to their payroll or trade any of their best young players, such as Cano or Class AA third baseman Eric Duncan. It’s a brave stance considering Cashman is in the final year of his contract.
“How many people in his position would do the same thing?” Boston GM Theo Epstein said. “You have to respect what Brian is doing.”
IIRC, Theo’s contract is up at the end of the year, like Cashman.
And, from the Palm Beach Post:
As Baltimore backed out of the Burnett talks Saturday, the Red Sox were said to be making a serious push for the right-hander. Sources say Boston General Manager Theo Epstein wants Burnett badly enough that he is willing to give up right-hander Bronson Arroyo and highly regarded right-handed prospect Anibal Sanchez.
This week could be the real Boston-New York Poker Challenge.