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Yanks Cashman: Rays' price on Garza was too high

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January

Here's an interesting twist on the Matt Garza trade.

The free-spending Yankees were interested in Garza earlier this off-season, but, GM Brian Cashman told the New York Daily News, felt the Rays were asking too high of a price.

"We never got off the dime, but strong impressions were that it would be something that would cost us more because we are in the division, kind of like Roy Halladay," Cashman said Saturday. "We like Matt Garza and I had a conversation early in the winter and it was clear that what it would take would be more significant than I wanted to do. And there was also reluctance from them to trading within the division."

Cashman said acquiring pitching remains the Yankees focus, and also continues to say they will not give up their No. 1 draft pick, indicating they won't pursue signing relivers Rafael Soriano or Grant Balfour, two former Rays still on the free agent market.

And MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Rangers were the runners-up in the trade, offering a package that he said would have included big-leaguer relievers Derek Holland and Frank Francisco (plus some money toward his arbitration-eligible salary), minor-league outfielder Engel Beltre and catching prospect Robinson Chirinos, whom they were going to acquire from the Cubs. According to Gammons, the Rays preferred the long-term aspects of the package from the Cubs.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 12:15am]

    

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