Yankees Rumors: 2-Yr, $20M too much for Hunter, No in on Upton

The Yankees are thought to be interested in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter because he would be a cheaper alternative to Nick Swisher and free agent Josh Hamilton, but it turns out that even Hunter may be too expensive for them.

According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Yankees would not even be willing to offer Hunter a two-year, $20 million contract this offseason. Even in a weak free agent market that probably won’t be enough to finish in the top three biggest contracts outfielders will sign this offseason.

“We are not going to be over the $189 million,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman definitively told Sherman.

I would like to hope that this has more to do with the player’s age and the fact that they want to avoid a multi-year deal. Hopefully they would be open to something in the $10-$12 million range on a one year deal that wouldn’t affect the 2014 budget because it’s one thing for the Yankees to be smart and budget conscious, but $10 million isn’t a lot for an outfielder for the Yankees. If they are unwilling to to spend even that much on an outfielder their offense is going to take a hit next year.

Cheaper alternatives to Hunter could be Cody Ross or Ichiro Suzuki which should be good news for Ichiro fans. If you are hoping that this could open the door for a Justin Upton trade, Sherman says that the Yankees are not in on him right now.

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3 Responses to Yankees Rumors: 2-Yr, $20M too much for Hunter, No in on Upton

  1. Joe says:

    I wouldn't pay Hunter 10 million for 1 year never mind two, he's declining rapidly and may hit the skids badly this season or next and they we have more 38-39 year old dead wood. I would rather have Ross for 5-6 million all day.

    • He's not declining rapidly. His OPS+ from 2010-2012 was actually better than his OPS+ from 2007-2009. He lost a step and had to be moved from center field, but he's been an above average right fielder.

  2. Joe says:

    Why have a farm system if we never use it at the major league level like so many other teams???