New York Yankees Expected To Be Very Active At GM Meetings
The GM meetings begin in Orlando next week, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports forecasts that the New York Yankees are expected to be very active, and are said to have their eye on almost every major star on the market.
The Yankees believe that they are the favorites to re-sign Robinson Cano this winter, and at the same time, they are still keeping tabs on players such as Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Shin-Soo Choo and Masahiro Tanaka, along with another dozen or so players.
Since free-agency started earlier this week, there have been many names linked to the Yankees. Reports this week indicated that the Yankees had checked in on Brandon Phillips and Omar Infante, just in case Cano walks. They’ve also been said to be interested in free-agent pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez, who rejected a qualifying offer from the Cleveland Indians this past week, meaning that the Yankees would give up a first round draft pick to sign him, and Grant Balfour, who spent 2013 closing out games for the Oakland Athletics.
Heyman says that the Yankees also have Matt Garza, Bronson Arroyo, Dan Haren and Scott Feldman on their radar. Surprisingly enough, though, they aren’t looking at Ervin Santana because the Yankees don’t see him as a fit in New York.
The Yankees will have about $80 million coming off the books this winter — it could be around $100 million depending on the outcome of Alex Rodriguez‘s appeal of his 211-game suspension — and it’s been said that they could spend up to $300 million this offseason, a plan that would likely include re-signing Cano, then going after Tanaka and either McCann or Carlos Beltran.
The Yankees have also extended a qualifying offer to Curtis Granderson. He has until 5 p.m. Monday to accept or decline. Many within the industry believe Granderson will reject the offer and test the free agent market, where he could possibly get a deal like Nick Swisher got when he left the Yankees last offseason.
If Granderson accepts the offer, that would give the Yankees four outfielders under contract for the 2014 season, and the chances of them going after Ellsbury, Choo or Beltran would likely drop. Of course, though, if he declines and signs somewhere else, the Yankees would receive a draft pick, and would also be able to go after one the free-agent outfielders on their wishlist.
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