Late last week we’d heard that the Yankees, sans Brian Cashman, were doing background checks on free agent slugger Josh Hamilton. The Yankees are not involved in talks with Hamilton though and will not reconsider unless his asking price drops, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
There was a chance that a path could have opened where Hamilton could have fallen to the Yankees at a cheap price, but it was unlikely to start and is even more unlikely since the Dodgers signed Zack Greinke. With the Rangers other biggest target off the board they will get back into talks with Hamilton which at least ensures nobody is getting a bargain signing him.
It was nice to dream for a little while, but the Yankees, who are currently sitting at around a $158 million payroll not including the 40-man roster or A.J. Burnett. It doesn’t look like they’ll be adding anything significant past a one-year deal.