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Heyman: Yankees eyeing Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, others

Nov 24, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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The Yankees already made waves this off-season with their recent signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal (the largest ever for a catcher going by average annual value). However, they are still pursuing some of the biggest names still available in the free agent market, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman writes that the Yankees have their eyes on outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and Shin-Soo Choo, starter Hiroki Kuroda, and shortstop Stephen Drew.

Heyman also notes that the Yankees are trying to pressure Robinson Cano to get a deal done sooner rather than later. The two sides are reportedly far apart on a deal, with Cano asking for ten years and more than $300 million, while the Yankees have been more comfortable in the seven-year, $160 million area. The market for Cano has been slow-moving, but the second baseman recently said he would be willing to wait until as late as January to ink a deal.

  1. slaugin - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Lol.. So basically they are keeping an eye on the free agent pool?

  2. paperlions - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    I need more context.

    Are they “eyeing them” with appreciation and optimism, like they watched them just walk into the bar at 10 pm?

    Or are they “eyeing them” with the desperation of last call and the lights coming up at closing time?

  3. garryfish - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    He is writing the same stuff as every other NY writer is saying. Nothing new!

  4. cackalackyank - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I am not really sure Ellsbury is what the NYY need. He seems a bit fragile. We have seen to many games missed by outfielders the past couple of years. I think he would only add to that total. I admit I do not know enough about Choo to offer an opinion. Drew might be A-rod suspension/Jeter injury insurance. I almost hope they NYY do spend on a couple more of these names though, because it will mean that Cano’s ridiculous plans are going to be thwarted. He is a very good player, but NYY does not need yet ANOTHER long term contract albatross.

  5. aphillieated - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    It’s happening. 2 weeks ago I think, I said that the Yankees should not sign Cano, that they should sign McCann and Ellsbury.

    • tigertigerwoodsyall - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      I love Cano’s defense and offense, but 300 mil?! Hopefully, they grab Omar Infante to replace his D and get a solid .300 hitter in return.

      • aphillieated - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        Yeah. But I don’t like the Yankees so I think they should sign Cano. Give him his $300 mil, he’s worth it 😀

      • evanpenn - Nov 25, 2013 at 4:02 AM

        Yeah, 300 million for a player who considers doing anything more than the absolute minimum against his religion. He has the same disease as BJ Upton. He must look cool at all times and God forbid he hustle. Similar to Anderson Silva in the UFC, who thought he would look uncool if it appeared he was even trying.

    • jfk69 - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      Nobody is paying Cano 200 million let alone 300 million. He plays 2nd base and that position is not in very high demand this year. The teams that can afford him are already set at that position. The others see 200 million needed to top the present Yankee offer. That ain’t happening.Jay Z better teach Cano to rap for the other 100 million.

  6. thebadguyswon - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Yeah…about that luxury tax.

  7. missingdiz - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    A ten-year $300-million contract for a 31-yr.-old middle infielder would take the craziness to a whole nuther level.

    • tuberippin - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      $200 million would still be too much.

    • 18thstreet - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      Why do people keep talking about the $300M as if it’s happening?

      • albertmn - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        Because they have given in and paid to resign their own players for too much money before (see Jeter).

      • Kevin S. - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:24 AM

        It’s funny that you mention Jeter. His initial demands were 6 years, $150 million. While Levine bailed him out, he still only got 2/3 the years and less than 40% of his total ask.

      • basedrum777 - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Kevin how dare you actual talk facts with people who hate the Yankees. And don’t even begin to tell him how the Yankees will make $1B more in revenue over that contract b/c Jeter is on the team and will retire a Yankee…..

  8. johnnysoda - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Ellsbury or Beltran would be ridiculous. Especially Beltran.

  9. fbwangus8736 - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Yes John Heyman goes out on a limb, Yankees in on everybody! Shocking reporting scoop there. Heck Heyman now reports Rangers in on all the free agents to! Even another shocker Mariners and rest of league in on all free agents out there! Except the Marlins and Astros. Why would those teams ever improve.

  10. pastabelly - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Why should the Yankees worry about the luxury tax? For them, it should be considered the cost of doing business. I posted earlier this morning about them going after Ellsbury, Drew, and Arroyo and got a bunch of thumbs down, but Drew and Ellsbury are upgrades over Jeter and any alternative in CF. After seeing Kuroda’s second half fade, Arroyo might offer more consistency at a lower price (not that they should be concerned about price).

    • cackalackyank - Nov 25, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Worry is not really the right word. Disgust is probably more correct. As in ‘The NYY are disgusted by seeing their luxury tax $ going in the pockets of other owners that do not invest in their franchises.’ Their cost of doing business should be what it costs to run their own club the way they see fit under MLB rules. Their costs should not include underwriting leeches that do not care about their brand or their fans and the product they put on the field. With the explosion in cable $ every team should be able to vie for the available talent. Drew is a fielding upgrade over Jeter, but Ellsbury spends way to much time on the DL considering his youth, and Arroyo would very likely give up more HR at Yankee Stadium than Phil Hughes did…if that is even conceivable. Any good business man is going to be concerned about the costs of running their enterprise. Its just that the Steinbrenner’s have shown again and again they understand that you have to spend some money to make money. They just do not want to keep spending it on what should be their competition to play against them.

  11. gibbyfan - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Yankees are becoming the Oakland Raiders of baseball…… a lost decade of expensive broken down non productive players

    • tigertigerwoodsyall - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      They JUST won in 2009. The Oakland Raiders are nothing like the Yankees.

      • gibbyfan - Nov 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        Yes thus the word becoming…………the Raiders had JUST gone to the Super Bowl when it all caught up with them– the ultra expensive old vets couldn’t hack it anymore but many were on huge inflated contracts, .then the cascading bad decisions…more $$$ thrown at the problem…….
        It’s happening……and 2009 is alreadt 4 years ago

      • Kevin S. - Nov 25, 2013 at 1:07 AM

        People have been saying this for over a decade. Yankees’ win totals under the same basic player acquisition philosophy: 85, 95, 97, 95, 103, 89, 94, 97, 95, 101, 101, 103. They haven’t been doing anything different since 2002. Been working out just fine for them.

  12. brianmark1970 - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Reblogged this on Brian's Hobbies.

  13. sbmcintosh36 - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Eyeing everyone. . good story!
    300 million is an absolute joke it’s a fabricated story he has never said that’s what he’s looking for and there’s no market for him to get near that number his people are already grabbing for life boats asking Mets and Tigers for meetings seriously anyone with half a brain can see theres no market Tigers just traded for their 2b and freed up cash to sign their own players and the Mets are deeper in debt than the US gvmt and well they’re the Mets. .

  14. yousuxxors - Nov 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    sign drew and move Jeter to third. sign one OF. resign cano kurado and you’ll have an ancient decent team. it will be like a movie …. old people showing the youngings up lol welcome to the 80s Yankees

    • bolweevils2 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Jeter is not moving to third, or anywhere else. He’d never admit it was necessary, and the Yankees would never push him on it.

  15. moogro - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    By far the worst of the reporter contributors on MLB Network. Peh!

  16. sidelineshot - Nov 24, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    TheYankees are in a panic mode.
    Getting a collection of high-paid dudes is not going to work long term.

  17. xjokerz - Nov 25, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    wow, this is a really indepth article

    goodjob NBC

    yankees- interested in every free agent


  18. uyf1950 - Nov 25, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Something tells me that if Cano is willing to wait into January to sign with a team he’s going to be waiting without the Yankees in the bidding. And without the Yankees in the bidding Cano’s ability to secure an offer over even a $160MM (the reported latest and only offer from the Yankees) will be in serious doubt.

    Teams including the Yankees just don’t seem to be that interested in handing out long and expensive contracts any more. And by any definition 10 years $300MM plus is long and expensive. Heck even 7 years and $200MM for a 31 year old 2nd baseman is long and expensive. My advice to Cano take what has been reported as the Yankees offer and get to work proving your worth even that.

    • bolweevils2 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      It’s not as if the Yankees are going to find a second baseman better than Cano before January, because such a thing basically doesn’t exist. He’ll be back with the Yankees eventually, since that makes the most sense for both parties. I’m thinking he’ll eventually get something like 9 years for $180-$200M.

      • uyf1950 - Nov 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        My friend 9 years ain’t gonna happen in my opinion. The Yankees are not about to handcuff themselves with another ridiculously long contract after all the examples of poor deals out their. Not only their own like A-Rod and Tex but Pujols and Fielder just to name a couple of others.

        BTW, it’s not always about signing Cano because he’s the best 2nd baseman out there. If they can find/sign an adequate replacement such as Infante and use the savings over what they would have spent on Cano to fill another hole or holes that could be the best choice they make. At least that’s my opinion.

  19. lurker - Nov 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    No way $300 million for 10 years is not worth it

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