The Yankees are hesitant to offer Torii Hunter a multi-year deal and are not in on Justin Upton. In both cases money is the common deterrent, but they have not yet turned to Melky Cabrera as a possible way to cut costs, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Sherman does report that at least five teams have already expressed their interest in Melky, the Mets aren’t one of them, which leads us to believe that he won’t have a lot of trouble finding work. If negotiations drag on and nobody offers Melky a multi-year deal then it’s certainly possible that the Yankees could go calling.
The Yankee are attempting to replace Nick Swisher, who is expected to reject his qualifying offer of $13.3 million this evening. If not Hunter or Upton, Ichiro Suzuki or Cody Ross seem like possible options.