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The Yanks are in dire need of further assistance. Washburn would be a great asset. They should also go after Mark T., of Atlanta, move Bobby A., to center, Xavier N., to right and use Giambi and possibly Sexson as DH. Damon would go to left and Melky would be late inning replacement. Oh spare me the lashing for being a great mind.

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Yanks playing chicken with Mariners
The Yankees' acquisition of Bobby Abreu went so well two years ago they are trying to recreate it now with Jarrod Washburn. The ploy works like this: The Yanks locate a player who fills a need, a very expensive player whose contract does not expire until after the following season. The player's current team badly wants to excise the contract. There is just one team, however, with the financial heft to absorb the money. So the Yanks say they will assume every penny, but in exchange will give up marginal prospects, at best. The Yanks have told Seattle they will take on the $13 million-plus left on Washburn through next year, but to do that the Mariners will get no better than a Grade C-type prospect. For now, Seattle is refusing that offer. A game of chicken is ongoing, and all indications are the Yanks will see if the Mariners blink at the deadline as the Phillies did in 2006.

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