The Yankees just signed Bill Hall and supposedly only have $2 million to spend, but that they don’t still have big plans for the rest of this offseason.
Joel Sherman of the NY Post has reported that the Yankees are “quietly, but diligently” trying to trade A.J. Burnett with the idea that they could use the money they save on him to add both Eric Chavez and another DH.
Last night’s signing of Hall appeared to end their quest to sign Chavez, but Hall only signed a minor league contract so the Yankees don’t risk losing any money if he doesn’t make the team.
Trading Burnett will be no easy task even if, as Sherman suggests, they eat $25 million of the $33 million he is owed. So the question becomes, if the Yankees can’t trade Burnett do they go after another DH or Chavez?
The DH would be in the lineup on a regular basis so that signing may be the more likely one, but Chavez could potentially fill that role as well while backing up Alex Rodriguez. However, Chavez’s injury history could be more than enough reason not to sign him.
Whatever happens, this once quiet offseason is not over yet and it appears the Yankees are desperate to make another splash by trading Burnett.