Rumor: Yankees clear front runner to land Cespedes

Perhaps their interest is real…

The Yankees have been linked to free agent Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes since the day we first heard about him and now Frankie Piliere of Fox Sports has reported that they may be clear front runners in landing him.

There is some thinking that with the new collective bargaining agreement that will limit spending on international free agents starting in July that the Yankees could spend freely on IFA’s while they still can. They have been connected to Cespedes, Yu Darvish, and even Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler.

It makes sense that they would go after Cespedes as he would give them a lot more roster flexibility. They could use him as a fourth outfielder while he gets acclimated to the majors and slide him in for Nick Swisher a year from now. Or they could trade Swisher now and use Cespedes as his immediate replacement. They could even deal Gardner, the Nats keep asking, and use Cespedes as his replacement.

They wouldn’t get the same roster flexibility by signing Soler, who is still just 19. He would probably need at least two and maybe as many as four or five years before he would be ready for the majors.

This entry was posted in Yankees Rumors and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Rumor: Yankees clear front runner to land Cespedes

  1. Joe says:

    Deal Gardner? no way….doesn't make sense with him under control for 3-4 more years….and don't forget he was an on-base machine minus the last 6 weeks of the season….I think Brett puts it all together this year.(300-AVG/.400-OBP with 60SB)

    • Gonzalo says:

      I would consider every single trade, If Giants wants Gardner for Cain or Lincecum do it, but If we are bringing a back of the rotation guy forget about it, and the problem here is the team interested they don't have a solid starter, Washington would have to give us Strasburg, Lannan and Clippard if they want him

      • Tanned Tom says:

        Are you high? "if the giants want (s) Gardner for Cain or Lincecum do it". yeah and if Halle Berry calls tell her I'm free Friday night, but she had better pay. lmfao

      • Dave says:

        The only reason that they might, and I emphasize might consider a trade involving Cain is that I believe he is a free agent after this season, while Garner is locked up until 2015, I don't see Lincecum being involved because he is tied up until 2014, not enough value to make it happen.