The Yankees and Mariners are now engaged in trade discussions involving left-hander Jarrod Washburn, and the expectation is that it will go down to the deadline, just like it did last year when the Yankees failed to land Washburn.
The Yankees have made clear that they will not surrender Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes or prospects Jesus Montero, Austin Jackson or Austin Romine for Washburn. But the sides are discussing a number of other possibilities. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik has made clear that he isn't giving away Washburn (8-6 with a 2.64 ERA) for little or nothing. Last year, the Yankees balked at a two-player package that included Melky Cabrera and the deal fell apart.
Washburn is in the last year of a four-year, $37 million contract, and the Yankees don't want to give up too much for a few-month rental. The Mariners love Washburn, and they may also decide to keep him and try to extend him at the end of the season.