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Yankees Rumors and Gossip 9/22/15: The Josh Donaldson trade that could have been, and Jason Heyward

We discuss Brian Cashman making a play for Josh Donaldson last offseason, we consider rumors about the Yankees being interested in Jason Heyward, and we touch on the latest with Nathan Eovaldi's right elbow inflammation.

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In a parallel universe, Josh Donaldson started the 2015 season as the New York Yankees' third baseman, and the Yankees farm system was down one or two forgettable prospects, and was perhaps (but not necessarily) missing one of its prized "untouchable" prospects. Per Joel Sherman, my Greek compatriot Alex Anthopoulos wasn't the only general manager badgering Billy Beane about the star third baseman—Brian Cashman was too. It just happened Anthopoulos won out.

We discuss that and more on the latest episode of Out of Left Field, our podcast about Yankees rumors and gossip. Stream the show here:

It was my great pleasure to be joined by Tanya again for today's show. You can follow me on Twitter here, and you can follow Tanya on Twitter here.

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In today's show we discussed:

  • Josh DonaldsonJoel Sherman reports "Cashman called Oakland general manager Billy Beane" during last offseason "and [Beane] assured him Donaldson was going nowhere." Some time later, of course, Donaldson was suddenly paying income tax to the Canadian Inland Revenue service. So this one slipped through Cashman's hands, but as Tanya points out, it's not like he didn't try.
  • Jason HeywardNick Cafardo reports the Yankees may be among a number of teams interested in Jason Heyward. The only problem is the Yankees don't have any room for another outfielder, even if Aaron Judge were to spend all of next year in Triple-A. To be sure, Heyward has certainly had a good season, but if you could pick an outfielder carte blanche, wouldn't you go for Yoenis Cespedes first?
  • Nathan Eovaldi—It seems like Eovaldi, who might have been the Yankees' best starter this year, won't be appearing in a game any time soon. The Yankees previously said he'd make it back for the postseason, but now Joe Girardi says the best case scenario would be Eovaldi helping out in October games in middle relief.

The music track is Night Moves by Cosmic Analog Ensemble and is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International.