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MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees Called with Interest on Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins, Price was ‘Too High’

November 26th, 2014 at 4:14 PM
By Doug Rush

The New York Yankees can now cross off another possible trade target they were considering at shortstop.

Jayson Stark of ESPN reported on Wednesday afternoon that the Yankees called the Philadelphia Phillies to ask about the possibility of trading for veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins, but as it turns out, the asking price was way too high for their liking.

And with that said, the Yankees chose to move on from the former National League MVP and will look elsewhere for a shortstop for the 2015 season. The 36-year-old Rollins already invoked his 10-5 rights and his no-trade clause when the New York Mets called earlier in the month interested in trading for Rollins.

Rollins though, seems fixated on remaining in Philadelphia despite the fact that the team is trying to rebuild and move some of their bigger contracts off the books. Rollins though, doesn't have a terrible contract, as he's only on hook for $11 million for the 2015 season.

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MLB Free Agent Rumors: Indians Out of Chase for Yankees’ Chase Headley, Viewed as ‘Too Expensive’

November 26th, 2014 at 12:51 PM
By Doug Rush

Well, that was short-lived interest from the Trible on Chase Headley.

Just less than hours after it was reported that the Cleveland Indians were in on Headley and going to make a run at the New York Yankees third basemen, they apparently have already dropped out of the race, as Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reported Wednesday afternoon.

"It's true the Indians made a few inquiries about Chase Headley, but the third baseman is not coming to Cleveland. He's too expensive and the Indians still have a feeling that they just might have a third baseman in Lonnie Chisenhall. The Indians are not going to be big players in this free agent market. They are going to work the edges and wait to see what's left when the market settles in late December and January."

The Indians already had a third basemen on Lonnie Chisenhall and it looks like for now, they will stick with him as their third basemen. The Yankees reportedly are not willing to go past three years for Headley to retain him and he already rejected a three-year, $39 million deal to stay with the San Diego Padres, so it looks like the $13 million a season is considered to be too high for the Indians spending.

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MLB Free Agent Rumors: Yankees Only Willing to Offer Chase Headley 3-Year Deal; Won’t Break Bank

November 26th, 2014 at 11:08 AM
By Doug Rush

The New York Yankees have made it clear that they want Chase Headley back for next season, but it looks like they want him back at their price.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has reported that the Yankees have in fact made an offer to Headley, which is a three-year deal. However, that's as far as the Yankees would like to give him though.

"The Yankees have signaled a willingness to give free agent third baseman Chase Headley a three-year deal, but with a thin third-base market now that Aramis Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval are off the board, it appears Headley is looking around for something better. By all accounts the Headley-Yankees second-half marriage was a major hit last year, but he likely believes he can beat three years elsewhere."

Headley reportedly turned down a three-year, $39 million deal to stay with the San Diego Padres this past year and now with Pablo Sandoval and Aramis Ramirez both off the market, Headley believes he can get a better deal on the market.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has reported that the Yankees won't break the bank to bring back Headley because they don't view him as a "must-have" player, especially since they do have an alternative option already on the roster.

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MLB Free Agent Rumors: Cleveland Indians Interested in Yankees 3B Chase Headley

November 26th, 2014 at 10:42 AM
By Doug Rush

With Pablo Sandoval off the market, Chase Headley's market is starting to develop and the New York Yankees are facing a challenge in keeping him for 2015 and beyond.

Aside from the Yankees wanting to retain him, the San Francisco Giants have made it clear that they want him, as do the Toronto Blue Jays; both lost out on Sandoval and are turning to the now best option on the market.

Now, the Cleveland Indians are joining in on the chase to try and land Headley in free agency, as Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reported on Wednesday:

"The Indians are among several teams who have shown an interest in free-agent third baseman Chase Headley, according to a source. The source could not confirm whether or not an offer is on the table, but it said Headley is in the midst of "weeding out" the clubs that will not be a good fit for him."

Headley was acquired by the Yankees in mid-July from the San Diego Padres for Yangervis Solarte and played extremely well in his three months with the team, playing mostly at third base and some at first.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees Aren’t Interested in Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki’s Contract; Trade Unlikely

November 25th, 2014 at 12:54 PM
By Doug Rush

When it comes to who will replace Derek Jeter as the New York Yankees shortstop in 2015, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki seems to be the most popular name that comes up; heck, even Tulowitzki himself has gone on record to saying that it's the perfect scenario for his career.

However, it looks like that dream for Tulowitzki will have to stay a dream, at least for the time being, as Andy Martino of the New York Daily News has reported that the Yankees currently are not interested in Tulowitzki's remaining contract because the team doesn't want to add anymore lengthy deals to their payroll.

"The latest example is Troy Tulowitzki, a potentially iconic replacement for Derek Jeter. Although we have always seen Tulo-to-Yanks as a long shot, there are recent, strong indications that it will not happen, period. Tulowitzki’s elite abilities are obvious, but the Yanks are sending clear signals that they have no interest whatsoever in assuming the final six years and $114 million remaining on the shortstop’s contract. Already dealing with Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia (and to a lesser extent, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran), the team truly does not want to take on another expensive deal."

Martino also added that the feeling around the league is that despite the reports of the Rockies putting Tulowitzki on the trading block and listening to offers this winter, the Rockies are unlikely to trade their All Star shortstop this winter.

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