The Yankees and Reds are perceived to be the teams with the best chances of landing Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.
Another club, however, is strongly in the mix, according to major-league sources.
In fact, one source said, the Indians probably match up with the Rockies the best if they are willing to part with the required players.
Rival executives say the Indians have been aggressive in trying to upgrade both their rotation and their offense, thinking big in multiple deals.
Jimenez is attractive to the Indians and other low-revenue clubs because of the affordability of his contract.
He is earning $2.8 million this season and $4.2 million in 2012 with a $5.75 million club option for ’13.