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MLB Trade Deadline: Yankees 'Big Proposal' To Royals Was Top Prospect Jesus Montero For Joakim Soria

Last week ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the Yankees had determined they wouldn't trade catching prospect Jesus Montero for anybody available on the market. He was in play when Cliff Lee was available but that was a special case, Olney reported.

Today word came from Jon Heyman of SI.com that the Yankees made a "big proposal" for Joakim Soria.

That "big proposal", according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, was a package that included Montero.

Lots of Zack Greinke and Joakim Soria rumors flying in Kansas City. But teams we've surveyed say they see no sign either is going anywhere. The Yankees just made another run at Soria, as first reported by si.com -- even dangling Jesus Montero. But the Royals weren't interested. And they've shown no serious inclination to deal Greinke, either.

He's considered the Yankees top prospect at the moment and the heir apparent to Jorge Posada.

So if the Yankees had their chance to replace Posada or Mariano Rivera, apparently they would choose Rivera.