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With slightly more than 24 hours remaining until the trade deadline, here is the very latest on the Yankees:
- After adding J.A. Happ, they are still hunting and pecking for rotation upgrades, but don't seem overly aggressive, at least yet. They have talked to Tampa Bay about Chris Archer, but Yankees people say that any deal with the Rays will come with an in-division surcharge. The Yanks believe that Tampa Bay owner Stuart Sternberg, who lives in the New York area, would demand more of the Yankees than any other club.
- The Yankees are also maintaining interest in Zack Wheeler, just in case. But they do not expect the Mets to send them an impact player.
- In case you were wondering, the Yankees have "zero interest" in Matt Harvey, who will be traded somewhere, according to a source with direct knowledge.
- With Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez out, the Yanks are still looking for a hitter to supplement the bench. While they are said by rivals to prefer a righty, they are open to many possibilities. Curtis Granderson? Jose Bautista? Anything is possible with Brian Cashman.
- The one limitation to keep in mind is the luxury tax, which is why the Yanks backed away from a pursuit of Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones.
After adding Happ and Zach Britton, the Yankees could still be active, though they will look to hold onto their top prospects. Think complementary pieces. But they're capable of anything, so stay tuned.