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Report: Yankees not planning to pursue Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth

Nov 4, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears from “a source” that the Yankees “aren’t planning to make a hard charge for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth” this offseason.

That certainly makes sense because the Yankees are pretty set in the outfield with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher, and Gardner in particular has a relatively similar skill set to Crawford at a fraction of the price.

However, the notion that the Yankees won’t pursue the No. 2 and No. 3 free agents on the market hardly seems set in stone.

What happens if they make Cliff Lee a six-year, $120 million offer and he turns it down? Are the Yankees just going to put that money away for a rainy day and head into 2011 with the same roster? Maybe, but it seems more likely that the moment Lee turns them down would be the same moment their interest in Crawford and Werth increases, even if that means trading one of their current outfielders for pitching help or overpaying for a modest upgrade.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Nov 4, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Still think the Universe is only veiling their interest in Crawford. There’s a substantial differene between his and Gardner’s batting avg., and Brett can be 4th outfielder or bench. But let’s get Lee first.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 4, 2010 at 1:37 PM

      I agree about Lee. But personally I’d rather see Crawford replace Granderson in the outfield. Granderson is way to streaky. Granted he has more power then Gardner but that’s the only stat that he has over Gardner. Gardner has a better OBP and as a top of the order guy he creates more problems for opposing pitchers, plus his salary is 1/10th of Granderson and he has more upside then Granderson. Crawford or Werth would more then offset Granderson.
      To switch gears after all that the Yankees have a more pressing need then the outfield. They need to upgrade the catching position. Posada’s done, if the Yankees don’t think any of the guy’s in the minors are ready they need to get a replacement for Posada. I like John Buck, he has power, hits for average and is good defensively and bats from the left side. If not him AJ Pierzynski might be had for a couple of years until the prospects are ready.

  2. cintiphil - Nov 4, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    The Yankees are saving money for Sir Albert next year. No one else can have the same impact on the team at any price.

    • fquaye149 - Nov 4, 2010 at 3:06 PM

      So Mark Teixeira will become the world’s most expensive DH?

  3. BC - Nov 4, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    They also have that kid (name escapes me) that they used for defense in right field in the playoffs now and then. Cannon of an arm. Don’t know what his hitting is like.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 4, 2010 at 2:11 PM

      BC – Greg Golson, not much on offense at this point but he is young.

  4. Jonny 5 - Nov 4, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Really, I don’t see a need. I’m thinking Darth Stienbrenner’s Henchman Sith Cashman will be after 2 pitchers this off season, one being Lee. I’m pretty sure Lee will stay in Texas. What will this do the NYY fan ego?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 4, 2010 at 3:44 PM

      The yankee fan ego knows no bounds, you know that :)

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 4, 2010 at 3:56 PM

        Sometimes I love you man….. Even though, you root for the wrong team and all. No one can be totally perfect though can they? :P

  5. bigharold - Nov 5, 2010 at 2:36 AM

    “What happens if they make Cliff Lee a six-year, $120 million offer and he turns it down? ”

    The Yankees move on. Unless Crawford or Werth can pitch, they don’t really help the Yankees enough to cover their cost.

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