Rumor: Yankees make $16 million offer to Cuban infielder

It’s not Yoenis Cespedes, or even Jorge Soler, but the Yankees have offered Cuban infielder Adonis Garcia a six-year and $16 million offer, according to Jorge Ebro of El Nueva Herald.

The Yankees would use the 26-year-old Garcia as an outfielder as opposed to the Athletics who are said to have made an $18 million offer and will use him as an infielder.

He is listed at just 5-foot-7 and 180-pounds. He had a .313 OBP and a .774 OPS in the winter leagues this offseason. Baseball America said that he has “surprising power for his size” but is “around an average runner.”

It’s impossible to say at this point if the Yankees see him as a possible replacement for Nick Swisher next season. Instead they could just view the average annual salary of $2.67 million as a good price for a super utility type.

They won the bidding for Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima earlier this winter, but failed to reach an agreement on a deal with him after they won with a surprising low-ball offer.

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