The Yankees haven't heard back from the Mariners since Seattle requested either Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes in an initial conversation about lefty starter Jarrod Washburn, but remain interested at some price.
Mariners people are believed to be scouring the list of desirable Yankees players back in Seattle. Top outfield prospect Austin Jackson and catching prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine would probably also be off-limits in such a deal, but the Yankees have some other prospects that may interest Seattle.
While Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said on Wednesday that both sides are "open to it" in regard to the consideration for an extension for Washburn in coming months, a trade remains a very realistic possibility for the free-agent-to-be. The Mariners do like Washburn very much, however.
Last year Seattle wanted center fielder Melky Cabrera and another prospect when the sides nearly consummated a deal for Washburn. But Washburn, 8-6 with a 2.71 ERA, has a higher value now. His $37 million, four-year contract expires after this year.
The Mariners told the Yankees "we'll listen'' in an initial conversation, but talks have not advanced much beyond that point.
The Yankees may be Seattle's best hope for a trade. The Dodgers are said by a person familiar with their thinking to be focusing primarily on relievers. Brewers GM Doug Melvin publicly suggested that they probably wouldn't consider rental players now. The Angels would have interest in re-acquiring Washburn, but there's a question as to whether Seattle would be reluctant to send Washburn back to his old team, a division rival.