Non-waivers trade deadline day arrives Sunday with the Yankees having struck out on the two starting pitchers they’d been most focused on, Rockies righthander Ubaldo Jimenez and Dodgers righthander Hiroki Kuroda.
The deadline is 4 p.m. Sunday.
Kuroda took himself out of the ring for the Yankees — and other interested clubs, including the Red Sox — as the pitcher, according to the Dodgers’ Twitter feed, informed the team yesterday that he isn’t willing to waive his no-trade clause.
Shortly thereafter, Jimenez, according to several reports, was on the verge of being dealt to the Indians. He actually started against the Padres yesterday and allowed four runs in a 45-pitch first inning before being removed.
Though they were interested in both pitchers, as yesterday wore on, the Yankees grew increasingly pessimistic that a deal for either would be worked out.
The Rockies moved slightly off their initial demands, but their asking price remained prohibitively high.
Instead of asking for Ivan Nova — who started Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader — Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, the Rockies took Banuelos off the table yesterday.
Still, the Yankees didn’t seem inclined to send Nova, Montero and Betances west for Jimenez. The Yankees liked the righthander but they, and others in baseball, questioned why a pitcher with such a team-friendly contract was available.
“They’re valuing him like he’s Felix Hernandez or Roy Halladay, and he’s not that,’’ an industry official told Newsday late this past week.
The Yankees still will try to get something done today, though the market for a quality starter appears bleak. They also will continue looking for a reliever and would like to add a lefthander to their bullpen. They are interested in Matt Thornton of the White Sox, who had a scout at the Stadium yesterday afternoon.
Although the Yankees could be characterized as pessimistic about getting anything done by the deadline, the external expectation remains that they will do something — simply because they always seem to.
Before Game 1, Joe Girardi said a trade isn’t a necessity. “We’ve gotten to where we are with the guys in this room, and that’s the bottom line,’’ he said. “No, we’re not in first place; I believe we have the second-best record in the American League and one of the better records in baseball, so this team has played very, very well.
“ . . . As far as trades, as I always talk about, my job is to manage the guys in that room, my job is to get the best out of them, and there’s a lot of talent in that room. The big thing for this club is staying healthy. We’ve had some injuries we’ve had to deal with . . . Guys keep stepping up like they’ve been, we should be OK.’’