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Yankees reportedly in on everyone now that Robinson Cano is off the board

Dec 6, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

Carlos Beltran AP

Earlier today, second baseman Robinson Cano signed with the Mariners on a ten-year, $240 million contract, leaving the Yankees out in the cold with an infield that includes the embattled Alex Rodriguez, the hobbled Derek Jeter, the recovering Mark Teixeira, and the recently-signed Kelly Johnson. Now that they don’t have to set aside space for Cano, however, the Yankees are free to pursue any free agent they want, and that is exactly what they are doing according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY. Nightengale tweets that the Yankees are “in on everyone”, citing outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran, as well as infielders Stephen Drew and Omar Infante.

Nightengale also writes that trade rumors involving the Yankees and current Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips are “inevitable”. There has been some off-and-on speculation that the Reds will move Phillips by the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

At ESPN, Andrew Marchand writes that if Japanese pitching star Masahiro Tanaka is posted, the Yankees could get involved in the bidding.

So far, the Yankees have signed shortstop Brendan Ryan (two years, $5 million), catcher Brian McCann (five years, $85 million), outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (seven years, $153 million), and starter Hiroki Kuroda (one year, $16 million), but it appears they are far from finished.

  1. blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    I knew this was coming, once Cano left for good. Fill the holes, Cash :)

    • rje49 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      If it were ARod, Jeter, Tex, and if Cano had stayed, could anyone count high enough to say what that infield would be making??

    • JuniorGriffey'sRecliner - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      The first time I read this, I thought you posted “Fill the holes with cash”, which makes sense because that’s what the Yankees always do.

  2. cackalackyank - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    No kidding?

  3. jfk69 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Quantity does equal quality

  4. tolan04 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Let the buying begin

  5. Kevin S. - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    If Anaheim truly is as hard up with the tax line as we’ve heard, I’d give DiPoto a call to see what it would take to shake Howie Kendrick free.

    • paperlions - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Starting pitching.

      • Kevin S. - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        David Phelps could be an average-ish pitcher making the minimum.

        Okay, I’ll stop now.

    • pisano - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      That would be an nice fit, but the Yankees have no one to trade .

    • anxovies - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Infante makes more sense. Similar numbers and he wasn’t offered a qualifying contract by the Tigers so you don’t lose a draft pick and you don’t have to give up players in a trade.

      • Kevin S. - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        Maybe. But Infante likely takes 3/$39M to get done, and while they both have the same slightly-above-average baseline, I think Kendrick’s a better bet to go big one year.

  6. proudlycanadian - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Buy, buy, buy! Get those free agents before they are sold out.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      The older the better.

  7. drewzducks - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. If they sign Choo, he can play left, Gardner can play center, Ichiro in right and Jacoby in short field. and then they have Wells, Soriano, Jeter and eventually A Rod to rotate at DH. At least they’ll be well rested.

    • anxovies - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Soriano/Ellsbury/Choo in the OF. Ichiro as backup for defense and baserunning, trade Gardner and Nunez, and trade or release Wells — he’s dead weight. Teixiera still has power, Infante at 2B, Jeter’s last year so he will rise to the occasion. Johnson at 3B until ARod does his 50, McCann with Romine or Murphy as backup. Kuroda/CC/Nova, acquire Tanaka (the NPB and MLB will reportedly come to an agreement by next Thursday), or if not sign Ubaldo or Garza. That leaves a 5th starter — Pineda or one of the other minor league pitchers. There are lots of good closers available if they dont want to use Robertson in the role. Sounds like a pretty good team, deep and with power and speed. Probably as good or better on paper than Boston. And all things being equal the Yankees are going to kick Boston’s butt every time.

      • stevenewatson - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        Very few veterans – even the legendary Hall of Fame veterans above Jeter’s quality – “rise to the occasion” near or beyond 40 in their final years. On BREF, check the final seasons of Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and many other greats for a reality check.

      • drewzducks - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        Ha ! You’re right. Yanks could be paper champs again. And all things aren’t equal anymore as 3 titles in 10 years has shown. Wells isn’t alone with the dead weight that Cashman has accumulated over the last several years.

    • johnnysoda - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      Are you saying to sign Choo? They already have Gardner, Ichiro, Ellsbury, Soriano, Wells, and Beltran. You do know there are only three outfielders allowed on the field at once, right?

      • drewzducks - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        The article clearly states they are in on everyone including Choo, Beltran, Drew and Infante. No idea what they’re thought process is.

  8. jfk69 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Horace Clarke’s agent today place a call to Cashman. Cano shamo. Try replacing beloved Bobby Richardson. We are in.

  9. blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    And Craig missed all the fun this week, lol

  10. pastabelly - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Stephen Drew makes sense for the Yankees only if they have the stones to make Jeter a part time player.

    • wendell7 - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      didn’t the Yankees already sign Brendan Ryan?

    • rje49 - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      This whole thing is sounding ridiculous. Why the f*** don’t the Yankees just sign every free agent out there? I woudn’t cost them much more than half a billion$. No prob. All the guys who don’t make the team next spring go to Triple A.

  11. Reflex - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    They better be. Replacing Cano is damn near impossible. Their offseason just took a huge hit today.

    • yournuts - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      He’ll be missed but no contract for 10 years. Omar infante had a pretty good year. While he is no Cano, he is less that 50% the price and still batted .318.

      • pisano - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        Good point, I think in the long run the Yankees will be a better team now. They’ll have more money to fill the holes they have.

      • Reflex - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        1) Omar Infante had a WAR of 7.6 over the last four seasons. Cano had a WAR of 7.6 last season. In no way, shape or form is Infante even a shadow of Cano. Infante is barely above an average major leaguer at his position.

        2) Aside from that, Infante is not a Yankee yet, and the Yanks are not the only team seeking a 2B.

        3) I don’t know why Yanks fans keep going on about ‘the next ten years’. Cano for $240 mil over ten seasons was a FAR better deal and more likely to be worth most of its value than Ellsbury’s deal. Especially given how tough it is to fill 2B with durable talent compared to CF. Ellsbury + McCann equals Cano in terms of production. Given that they subtracted Granderson, and any 2B they acquire is essentially replacement level(short of a trade), this is a huge step down. Were I a Yanks fan I’d be more worried about the next five years than the five after that when, incidentally, tons of money comes off the books and carrying an overpaid Cano would be less of a deal for the richest team in the game.

        4) Due to the M’s signing Cano, the Yanks did not even pick up a first round pick, having to settle for a second rounder. If the M’s sign another marquee free agent from a club with a worse record than the Yanks, I believe the Yanks compensation drops to the third round but I could be wrong.

        There is no way to read this that is positive for the Yankees ability to win championships for the next few years. And its amazing that for the money they spent on two guys(McCann/Ellsbury) they could have had the same production from only one position and had yet more area to improve.

  12. thebadguyswon - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    The Yankees are the drunk sailors of MLB. Another year, another spending spree.

  13. uyf1950 - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Not a surprise at all. They apparently have been carrying on conversations with all these guys all along now they are just “putting the pedal to the metal”. What were fans expecting them to do sit and wait for something to happen.

  14. 18thstreet - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Seems like the Yankees are likely trying to confuse the rest of the league. Surely, they had a Plan B if Cano left.

  15. davidschap - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    As a sox fan this is kinda funny. We were so used to doing this year after year to catch the Yankees.

  16. leoimpr - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    easy, sign Omar Infante and Carlos Beltran, trade Garner for a young arm. I am glad we did not overpaid for Cano. Infante will be a great addition, solid player.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      I like Gardner, but I really think Yankee fans need to temper their excitement over what he can bring in a trade. He’s a free agent after the year, and he’s not even that cheap. A player’s value, in a trade, comes from a couple places: (1) being awesome or (2) being at least pretty good AND being under team control for a few years at low, low prices. Gardner is neither of those things.

  17. nyeagles10 - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    sign Beltran. trade Gardner in a package for a Brandon Phillips maybe a chase headley type infielder on the market.. lots of options as well in the pitching market

    • Kevin S. - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Cincinnati gets dick besides partial salary relief if they want to move Phillips.

  18. chinahand11 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    “anxovies – Dec 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM – And all things being equal the Yankees are going to kick Boston’s butt every time.”

    Well I liked your post up until that sentence. If the Yank can swing a rotation – without breaking the bank (ha as if) – if Jeter, Tex, and CC don’t comebacks, and possibly ARod (if he plays), it will be a long rough year for the Yanks, rebuild bigtime in 2015.

    • blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Wrong. We don’t “rebuild” – we “reload”

      We ARE the Evil Empire, and we will kick your ass next season.

      Merry Chrstmas to all :)

      • 18thstreet - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        How’s it going so far? Is losing your best position player an example of reloading? Is there a replacement ready at shortstop for when Derek Jeter retires? Is there a replacement ready for the 8th inning when Robertson takes over Mariano’s place in the 9th?

        You’re not reloading. You’re just spending.

  19. blynch67 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Beltran IS signed!!

    It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!!!

  20. nymets05 - Dec 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    The Yankee organization is run by greedy,spoiled whoremongers.Can’t win with what they put on the field,so go out and buy a pennant!

  21. spc7ray - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Let me make this clear–I DONT LIKE AROD—But it is not fair the the Yankees get off scott free here–They need to pay and Selig is helping them out here–It is clear as day–He didn’t testify because he thinks he has it won for the Yankees-I might hate Selig as much as I did Nixon and Bush–Just because he doesnt care about the game or our country–MONEY is first–that’s it

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