For what it's worth, Sam Borden of the New York Daily News:
The Yanks are looking at lower-profile players such as Pittsburgh's Craig Wilson. They have liked Wilson for awhile but, as in their conversations with the Phillies, were stymied by Pirates GM Dave Littlefield's excessive requests for top talent in return. That has been a recurrent complaint about Littlefield among executives, according to a source.
Recently, however, the Pirates have shown some interest in righthander Steven White, who is 2-5 with a 4.86 ERA in nine starts for Triple-A Columbus. White, according to sources, is considered by many to be among the best pitching prospects the Yanks are willing to part with and Wilson could provide depth (he plays first base and the outfield); the Bombers wouldn't be averse to taking on reliever Roberto Hernandez, too.
John Sickels looked at the Yankees' prospects in late June. No White on that list.
From Mark Feinsand's report for MLB.com:
One Major League executive said that the Yankees have expressed interest in Pittsburgh's Roberto Hernandez and Craig Wilson, and that the Pirates continue to show interest in Steven White, a 6-foot-5 right-hander. White went 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 11 starts for Double-A Trenton this season before being promoted to Triple-A Columbus, where he is 2-5 with a 4.86 ERA in nine starts.
White pitched at Baylor, and he's 25 years old. In early 2005, Scout.com wrote this praising him as a top prospect. Baseball America liked him in winter 2004-2005, but not in the last offseason. The Pirates scouted White a few days ago and White did not impress. Replacement Level Yankees Weblog notes White's limited arsenal as a drawback in 2005.
It's a long way to Monday.