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Sunday, July 27, 2008
Yanks not budging in Washburn talks

The Yankees did not have a scout in Toronto on Sunday to watch Jarrod Washburn, who had a strong eight-inning outing against the Jays. They already have seen him enough to make an evaluation and maintain their current stance in negotiations.

The Yankees are willing to take on the bulk of the approximately $14 million still owed to Washburn for the rest of this year and next year, but they have no intention of including anything more than a marginal prospect in the deal. Washburn's overall numbers are not good -- 5-9, with a 4.50 ERA. But he has thrown better the past two months, compiling a 2.93 ERA in June and 2.67 in July.