The Yankees and Nationals have had discussions that would land New York a starting pitcher, possibly right-hander Edwin Jackson, a source said on Thursday.
The idea was first mentioned a few weeks ago, when the same source mentioned that his club was working on a "big" trade.
The deal would involve Eduardo Nunez as its key piece and could include Tampa southpaw Nik Turley (currently dealing with blister issues) and an outfielder from Charleston.
The source said the teams' talks have cooled since the first time he mentioned the possibility of the trade, but he wouldn't be surprised if they resurfaced in the future, depending on how both teams are doing as the July 31 deadline approaches.
The source didn't mention Jackson by name, but the Nationals aren't going to deal Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann or Gio Gonzalez, and there's not much else besides Jackson in that rotation worth acquiring at the price of Nunez and prospects.
Chien-Ming Wang wasn't healthy at the time the trade was first brought up, and neither Ross Detwiler or John Lanaan would warrant the "big" tag, as far as deals go.
Plus, because Jackson is on a one-year deal with Washington, he would fit in with the organization's desire to lower payroll in the future and could give the club a boost down the stretch if the Yankees are in contention.
A Yankees official this morning said he hadn't heard about the deal but "wouldn't be surprised" based on the organization's feelings about Jackson.