Report: Yankees Have Made "A Series Of Trade Offers" For Shortstops

At face value, this doesn't register on the "big news" needle.  The Yankees need a shortstop and everybody knows they've been actively pursuing multiple avenues to finding one.  But the way this particular nugget was written, hidden deep inside Joel Sherman's article about the Yanks not being influenced by Boston's recent moves, makes it newsworthy: "Also, I sense talking to Yankees people they are more galvanized to find a shortstop than a third baseman, and have made a series of trade offers to teams for shortstops. The Yankees could play Martin Prado at third and use either Jose Pirela or Rob Refsnyder at second."

You see what I mean?  What does "a series of trade offers" mean?  What kind of timeframe has that series of offers taken place in?  The last few days?  The last week??  Last we knew, it sounded like the talks for guys like Elvis Andrus and Alexei Ramirez had stalled, and I don't think I've read anything yet about New York making an offer for Tulo.  So what is this "series" of trade offers?  I want to know.  I need to know.  There's nothing going on and I'm starting to think about pretending to believe Jon Heyman's fake rumor stories just so I have something to write about.