From the Wash-Nats-Site today:
According to a baseball source, the Yankees have expressed interest in outfielder Ryan Church. The Yankees have been looking for outfield help with the wrist injury to Hideki Matsui. The Nationals want prospects in return for Church.
Church, who could provide some power for the Yankees, was recently sent down to Double-A Harrisburg after hitting .215 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. It marked the second time this season that Church was sent to the Minor Leagues. He started the season for Triple-A New Orleans after Brandon Watson beat him out for the center-field job.
Church, 27, returned to the team on April 13 and, except for a three-game spurt in April in which he hit four home runs and drove in nine, didn’t provide the spark the Nationals were looking for.
Some in the Nationals organization believe that a change of scenery is what Church needs right now.
Last season was the first time Church was given a chance in the big leagues, hitting .287 with nine home runs and 42 RBIs in 102 games for the Nationals.
From what I’ve heard, Church has some talent, but, he’s not won Frank Robinson’s confidence in Washington. Church took some heat last year for his unwillingness to play through some aches and pains. I’m not sure if that means anything. Still, I would not give up the store to get him.