Update: Joel Sherman of the NY Post reports that teams have actually been calling the Yankees about all three of their outfielders including Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson. It makes sense, all three are very good outfielders and people suspect the Yankees may be looking to deal one of them. Right now it sounds like the Yankees aren’t interested in making a deal.
Original post: Brian Cashman said that he doesn’t see any changes to the team’s offense this offseason, but according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher has already been involved in conversations.
Via the USA Today:
GMs say the biggest names already under discussion include former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke of Kansas City; All-Star first basemen Adrian Gonzalez of San Diego and Prince Fielder of Milwaukee; outfield brothers Justin Upton of Arizona and B.J. Upton of Tampa Bay; All-Star right fielder Nick Swisher of the New York Yankees; All-Star closers Bobby Jenks of the Chicago White Sox and Jonathan Papelbon of Boston; and infielders Dan Uggla of Florida; Jason Bartlett of Tampa Bay and Mark Reynolds of Arizona.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Yankees are looking to deal Swisher. More likely it means that teams are checking in to see if he’s available. If the Yankees could work out a deal for Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton then they could pursue a deal involving Swisher or if they need to upgrade their pitching by making a trade. So it is good to be prepared and know who has interest out there.
That’s probably all this is though, finding out who has interest in case a scenario arises where the Yankees would need to deal an outfielder.