Brett Gardner‘s breakout year, Nick Swisher‘s solid season and the late-season emergence of Curtis Granderson have the Yankees convinced that paying top dollar for an outfielder isn’t the most sensible way to spend their money.
“Unless they parted with one of those guys, I’m not sure where they would fit,” the source said of Crawford and Werth.
“We are better with Crawford, but at that price?” a Yankees source said. “I’m not sure it’s that good of an upgrade.”
The Yankees are looking to keep payroll about the same next year as it was this season. Yesterday I took a look at where they are at now and they already have $142 million tied up in next year’s team with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Cliff Lee left to sign. Those guys aren’t going to come cheap and it will really leave the Yankees with almost no money to sign either Werth or Crawford who are going to command large salaries.
If they fail to sign Lee it’s possible that they could change directions and go after either of these outfielders and use one of their current outfielders as a trade chip for another pitcher. But first they are going to try for Lee. He’s probably their best option with no other clear trade option available.