In speaking to my Tampa sources, Brian Cashman continues to “burn up the phone lines” looking for pitching help. Yes, he did offer Kevin Millwood a minor league deal, but he was thinking bigger as he reached out to Atlanta and inquired about Tim Hudson.
The Braves don’t have interest in dealing Hudson who went 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA last season. As I mentioned before, they are willing to deal Derek Lowe, who is owed $30 million over the next two seasons. He will cost the Yankees a prospect haul that appears to be too expensive at this time.
I’d trade Lowe, but not just for prospects. And the Yanks’ premier young talent doesn’t appear to match up with the Braves needs. Like the Braves, the Steinbrenners have six prospects in BA’s Top 100 list — three catchers and three pitchers. The Braves seem high on their promising young SS, Eduardo Nunez, but he alone wouldn’t be enough of a return for Lowe
Brett Gardner, on the other hand, would suffice.