Yankees Rumors: Interested in Javier Lopez, looked into Kendrys Morales, Royals interested in Joba Chamberlain

Thearon W. Henderson

There seems to be mutual interest between the Yankees and left-handed specialist Javier Lopez. The two sides have had preliminary talks on a deal, but will negotiate further once New York handles some of their more pressing needs. Lopez wants to play for a contender, but he's also seeking a multi-year deal as one of the best LOOGYs available on the market.

Lopez goes into his age-36 season after putting up the best season of his career with a 1.83 ERA and a 2.41 FIP as the Giants' LOOGY. In his career, he has a 3.12 FIP with a 7.75 K/9 against lefties. The Yankees are still interested in Boone Logan, but an elbow clean out in October could give them an excuse to look elsewhere.

The Yankees have reportedly looked into first baseman Kendrys Morales as a backup plan for Mark Teixeira. They have positive reports about his clubhouse presence, and could use him as a designated hitter and backup first baseman. In the end it seems like it was only due diligence on their part as he would not be a wise use of resources or a roster spot, especially when he would cost a draft pick.

The Royals have had internal discussions about Joba Chamberlain, as well as Phil Hughes. Dave Eiland was their pitching coach while with the Yankees, so they could be hoping he will be able to help if they sign them.

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