From Newsday -
Yankees officials expressed optimism that some of the deals they have discussed recently have a good chance to get done. The most likely trade partners are the Phillies and Pirates.
If it’s Philadelphia, the Yankees could enhance their starting rotation with the addition of former Yankee Jon Lieber and add some pop and patience to their lineup by acquiring rightfielder Bobby Abreu.
The Phillies continue to ask for high-level prospects, but the Yankees maintain they shouldn’t have to give up major prospects because they would be assuming more than $40 million in contracts for the two veterans. The Yankees also are interested in starter Cory Lidle.
If it’s the Pirates with whom the Yankees do business, the salaries of outfielder Craig Wilson and reliever Roberto Hernandez are relatively modest, though it might cost the Yankees more in legitimate prospects.
Hernandez is 41-years-old and Wilson is a free agent after this season. If the Pirates want very good prospects for them, I would tell them to go fish.
If I was a betting man, I think the Yankees-Phillies connection is more likely. Just guessing, I’m saying that it’s going to be Lieber and Abreu for Marcos Vechionacci, Steven White, Jeff Marquez, and either Matt Smith or T.J Beam.
But, that’s just a wild guess – based on no facts whatsoever.