Yu Darvish is waiting to see if the Dodgers or Yankees can clear enough salary to add him as a free agent, according to a report.
On MLB Network Monday morning, Ken Rosenthal said: “(The Yankees) would need to trade a big salary, probably (Jacoby) Ellsbury to get this done. What are the odds of the Yankees or Dodgers doing such a thing? Probably somewhat slim, but that's why this thing isn't over just yet.”
Other teams connected to Darvish have been the Brewers, Cubs, Twins, Rangers and Phillies.
The Dodgers are reportedly Darvish's No. 1 choice, but, like the Yankees, they also want to stay under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold.
The Bombers have around $15 million left to spend on free agents. Ellsbury still has three years and $68 million left on his deal, which contains a no-trade clause, making him extremely difficult to move.
But with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner currently occupying starting spots, Ellsbury is essentially the fifth outfielder on the roster.
Darvish is represented by the same agency as Giancarlo Stanton, Wasserman.