The Yankees have down played their interest in trading for an outfielder, but it seems hard to believe as in Jon Heyman‘s words they are, “in on everybody,” whether that be Justin Upton, Shane Victorino, Rick Ankiel, and now apparently Denard Span as well.
The Yankees like Span and the Twins are supposedly open to trading for him, but I have a hard time believing that this one will happen.
Obviously Span would be the perfect person to replace the injured Brett Gardner, who may be out for the season. He won’t come cheaply though as he is in the middle of a team friendly five year, $16.5 million deal that also has a $9 million club option for 2015. So Span would be more than just a typical rental player.
That’s where the problem comes in. Span is a solid player, but comes with no power at all. If he’s going to be sticking around until 2015 then he’s going to be replacing Nick Swisher. Fine, except that would leave the 2013 Yankees with an outfield of Gardner, Span, and Curtis Granderson where Granderson would be hitting likely 90 percent of all the outfield home runs.
It might be just me, but I find it hard to believe the Yankees will cash in a lot of their prospects for one of their weakest outfields at least in recent history. Still, it seems that both teams are open to the idea. Anything can happen.