Posted November 24, 2013

Report: Yankees targeting Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, more

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The Yankees have a list of free-agent targets, but will they be able to bring back their own star Robinson Cano?. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Yankees have a list of free-agent targets, but will they be able to bring back their own star Robinson Cano?. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

A day after signing free-agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal, the New York Yankees are moving on to pursuing more high-profile players on the market.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday that the team is involved in talks with free-agent outfielders Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Shin-Soo Choo, shortstop Stephen Drew, and closer Joe Nathan. They’re also trying to bring back starter Hiroki Kuroda and are in the process of scheduling a meeting with their own star free agent — second baseman Robinson Cano — to see “whether there’s something to talk about.”

Heyman reported that the Yankees are looking to set up a meeting next week with Cano, but it’s unclear if one will happen. According to Heyman, there has been little progress, if any, on narrowing the bridge between what Cano wants (more than $300 million for 10 years) and what the Yankees are reportedly willing to offer (about $160 million for seven years).

The team believes it can still remain under a $189 million payroll target, even after signing McCann. One consideration for the Yankees: They think that if they don’t bring Cano back, they can possibly sign three more free agents.


14 comments
WarrenWeisman
WarrenWeisman

Maybe the Yanks could pass on the free agents and count on their farm system to bring some players up? Bwhwahahahaha1

tony34
tony34

The Yanks should all take steroids like Big Papi did. Guy gets caught and wins the world series. the guy is like 50 and hits 600 in WS. yeah he is clean!!! hahahhahhaaa 

MikeWilson2
MikeWilson2

So roid rod thinks take mlb to court lose in court and be suspended for at least a season and then come back in baseball and think someone will sign him and then go to the hall of fame. That tells you the kind of world he lives in ALL FANTASY. Dude YOU R DONE PUT A FORK IN HIM .COOKED ,SPENT  ,NO CHANGE LEFT.

trbmb
trbmb

Clearly the entire Yankee strategy, this year and every year, centers around Cashman's only skill.    That skill?

CASH.

xxman
xxman

Must be something wrong with their farm system if they have to go after these older players.  Good players, yes, but their skills will diminish with each passing year, and they will also become more injury-prone as well.  Why not put that money towards young guys on their way up?  Plus, changing leagues forces them to learn a whole new pitching staff.  Not exactly a formula for success.

oasis1994
oasis1994

As a Red Sox fan I really hope the Yankees don't sign Ellsbury. I say this due to the fact that he is always hurt. When healthy he is good, but that is every other season. If you look at his track record; he will be hurt 80 percent of this coming season. 

tom s1
tom s1

I hate the Mets.... Wilpon must go!!!

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

Go for the right three free agents and Cano will be truly sorry he tried to hold up the Yankees...

DrG1994
DrG1994

@tony34 Ortiz didn't get caught.  No proof the positive test in 2003 was because of steroids.

ignacio.garrote
ignacio.garrote

@JerryBelle agree that should be yanks strategy but if somebody else pays cano won't be sorry, money is money

oasis1994
oasis1994

@Rico1 @oasis1994 

As much as I hate the Yankees I love great competition. When the Sox play the Yankees I want them to be all full strength for a good series. After last season the last thing the Yankees need is another injury prone player.