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Scottsdale, Ariz. - With Pedro Martinez apparently going to the Red Sox and Kevin Brown reportedly on his way to the Cardinals, the Yankees are coming to grips with the possibility they may get shut out here. While the Mets continued to talk about slugger Gary Sheffield and were said to be "aggressive" in talks involving Randy Johnson, Yankees general manager Bob Watson conveyed the impression that the price was too steep for all their trade targets.
The Red Sox are about to send pitching prospects Carl Pavano, Peter Munro and Rafael Orellano to Montreal for Martinez, even though Martinez has told the Expos he won't sign a long-term contract with Boston. But that news apparently will not roust Watson into panicking. The Twins, according to a source, seek Milton, Mendoza and closer Mariano Rivera for second baseman Chuck Knoblauch. The Yankees apparently also pulled out of talks involving Expos second baseman Mike Lansing.