Even as they pursue free-agent starting pitchers CC Sabathia, Derek Lowe and A.J. Burnett, the Yankees could also have an eye on Padres right-hander Jake Peavy.
FoxSports.com reports the Yanks and Padres have had "numerous discussions" about Peavy, according to a Major League source. The Braves recently announced they were pulling out of Peavy trade discussions. Padres GM Kevin Towers said Thursday that negotiations with the Cubs were also over.
With Peavy having a full no-trade clause and expressing a strong preference to stay in the National League according to agent Barry Axelrod, a trade to an American League club could get complicated.
FoxSports.com also lists the Angels as a possible AL destination for Peavy.
According to columnist Tim Sullivan of The San Diego Union-Tribune, Padres general manager Kevin Towers sees the potential for talks with the Yankees, adding that New York has the young arms San Diego covets in Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy.
The Yankees have expressed the desire to reel in as many as three established starters this offseason in their quest to return to the playoffs.
Axelrod told the Union-Tribune that Peavy hasn't ruled any club out.
"We have not created any list of acceptable teams [or] a list of possibly acceptable teams," the Union-Tribune quoted Axelrod as saying. "Our position is to sit here and wait until a proposed trade is in place and give input on whether that would be acceptable or not."
Towers let it be known that nothing on the Peavy front has crystallized yet.
"As of right now, there hasn't been a deal that's been presented to us that we could accept," Towers told the Union-Tribune.
Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.