Before trading him to the Mariners in the deal for James Paxton, the Yankees were "pushing" LHP prospect Justus Sheffield in trade talks with the Diamondbacks for 1B Paul Goldschmidt, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
Olney notes that the Diamondbacks are "intent" on trading Goldschmidt, with the Cardinals and Astros among the interested teams.
The Yankees could use an upgrade at first base, where Luke Voit is the incumbemt -- with Greg Bird also an option.
"Obviously we had a first baseman that we acquired late in the year that played really well for us. He's currently manning that position," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said earlier this month about Voit. "Voit will have a chance to reclaim his spot, or reinforce that that's his spot. And Bird will have a chance to try to take it from him. We'll see."
Goldschmidt will make $14.5 million in 2019, after which he is eligible for free agency.
The 31-year-old Goldschmidt hit .290/.389/.533 with 33 homers, 35 doubles, and 83 RBI in 158 games this past season for the Diamondbacks while striking out a career-high 173 times.
An above average fielder at first base, Goldschmidt was worth 6 DRS (defensive runs saved) there in 2018 after being worth 10 DRS there in 2017.
Another potential first base option for the Yankees could be free agent Bryce Harper, whose willingness to shift to first base may have caught the team's attention.
While Harper would be a fit for the Yanks at first base, the team is still viewed as a longshot for the 26-year-old, according to SNY's Andy Martino.