It’s hard to figure out who to believe, but the latest is that while the Yankees are not “in,” on him they are also “not completely out,” on Cespedes either, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York.
“They’re just laying in the weeds right now,” said the source told ESPN New York, “but don’t be surprised if they get involved once Cespedes declares free agency.”
General manager Brian Cashman has made it hard to predict what he’s going to do. They supposedly weren’t interested in Hiroki Kuroda, until they signed him, but they insisted from the beginning that they weren’t interested in Yu Darvish and that turned out to be the truth.
In the end, they probably do like Cespedes, they might even like him a lot. However, his rumored asking price of $50 million seems unlikely. They are always willing to break their budget for the right guy, but he seems like much to big of a question mark to break the bank for. Maybe if they can land him at $25-$30 million he could be had, but it seems doubtful for more than that.