Yankees meet with agents for Beltran, Choo, Ellsbury, McCann and Drew

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Pretty much at the beginning of the offseason, every team likes to call the agents of the players and show that they have interest. Well today the Yankees did just that, meeting with the agents of Carlos Beltran, Shin-Soo Choo, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Stephen Drew.

The Yankees have interest in the biggest names on the free agent market, including their own Robinson Cano. The Yankees are slated to meet with Cano’s agent Jay-Z sometime next week. The interesting part is the Yankees interest in Stephen Drew, especially after the Yankees signed Derek Jeter to a $12 Million contract for the 2014 season. Hal Steinbrenner said today that he spoke with Jeter to let him know that the Yankees were also going to look around for a shortstop, should Jeter not be able to play all 162 games coming off an ankle injury.

The Yankees aren’t the only ones interested in catcher Brian McCann as the Boston Red Sox also have a strong interest as well, however the Red Sox are also considering their own Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Ellsbury, Choo and Drew are represented by Scott Boras, Beltran by Dan Lozano and McCann by B.B. Abbott.

Here are some other tidbits from today

The Yankees called the agent of Brian Wilson but Wilson is not an option for the Yankees. Wilson refuses to shave his beard. Even if I wanted to make that up…I couldn’t.

--¬†The Yankees have not made an offer to Carlos Beltran or Brian McCann as of yet. However, they are “very” interested in both players.

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24 Responses to Yankees meet with agents for Beltran, Choo, Ellsbury, McCann and Drew

  1. tom says:

    I usually wanted Choo but he can't flat out hit against southpaw. We have to deal with Lester, Price, Holland, Sale, Moore, and few more southpaws. Too much rival issue for Yankees with Choo in the lineup. 22m for that? I dunno.

  2. hotdog says:

    not the greatest crop of free agents out there…big price tags for mid-level players…if the Yankees can acquire some guys via trade, it might be best…

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    Could any of these free agents have started for the 96-00 Yanks?
    Posada over McCann, Jeter over Drew, Bernie over Ellsbury.
    O'Neill versus Choo or Beltran might be different, though I think I'd still take Paulie due to Beltran's knees, and over Choo for defense.
    Pretty thin FA market.

  4. Clyde says:

    Great move to possibly get Ellsbury,McCann and Beltran

    Trade Gardner for another piece.

    And Hopefully sign Cano

    • Tanned Tom says:

      Trade Gardner? One of only 2 everyday players on the team worth a damn, and still cheap. Thank goodness the GM won't be that foolish.

      • olie says:

        If Ellsbury is signed by Yankees (Which I doubt!) I think Gardner could be used in a trade. Maybe not for Freese but to help aquire a starting pitcher for sure!

  5. Bonnie says:

    Maybe Gardner could be the piece that acquires David Freese.
    Ellsbury would be a great upgrade at CF.

    And gets you insurance if and when AROD gets suspended

    • Tanned Tom says:

      Anyone who would trade Gardner for Freese must be joking. You don't trade the second best position player on your team for a 3B the other team is looking to dump. Now maybe if they'd take Nunez and Wells…
      Ellsbury is a small upgrade in CF at a huge increase in cost. There are plenty of other needs besides spending $100 mil to make at best a 10% upgrade in CF.

      • Tom says:

        Ellsbury is a huge upgrade because of power. No Granderson, No Arod, No Cano? Rusty Teixeria. Yankees had not played a small ball game with Gardner at leadoff spot.

        However, Ellsbury is oft-injured player with big price. Pass.

        I would trade Gardner for someone like Prokar which is unfortunately doubtful.

        • Tanned Tom says:

          Ellsbury has had one year with more than 9 HRs. What power? Is he better than Gardner, yeah. But Gardner will probably make $5 mil next year, Ellsbury anywhere from $15 mil to $20 mil. I'll save the $10 to $15 mil and keep Gardner.

          • tom says:

            Brett Gardner never hit 9 home run a season. That is power I talked about. lol.

            For some reason, I always thought Ellsbury hit plenty of home runs. You get the point here.

    • mikefoxtrot says:

      gardner is a better player than freese

  6. Clay says:

    The Yankees are showing interest in almost every top notch player that one of their rivals may be interested in the MLB Eastern division. It's just to keep the prices high as possible for the Yankee competitors. Boston is doing the same thing to drive up the prices for the Yankees.

  7. Michael R says:

    Gardner is a keeper.

    • hotdog says:

      Gardner becomes a free agent after next season…that will probably figure into a possible trade…the Yankees are bound to overspend somewhere…i would prefer they do so with McCann over Ellsbury…but i would like to see Tanaka…

      • mikefoxtrot says:

        Gardner may reach free agency after next season, but signing him isn't going to be all that difficult or costly

  8. mikefoxtrot says:

    it won't be difficult because Gardner won't be a free agent until after next season and the Yankees will no longer be worried about keeping the payroll under $189M.

    Baseball Reference shows Gardner has played four full seasons and has averaged about 4.5 WAR. They show that Ellsbury has also played four full seasons and has averaged about 5 WAR

    • gcorcoran says:

      That's because WAR disproportionately rewards defense. Take that out of the equation and Ellsbury is clearly the better player.

      • mikefoxtrot says:

        I wouldn't argue that Ellsbury isn't the better player……..I would argue that Gardner is not all that much worse and also tha,t for the upcoming season, Gardner is likely to be a vastly greater value as he will be providing nearly as much benefit at 1/6th the salary.

        • gcorcoran says:

          Good point. I could foresee a scenario, however, where signing Ellsbury and trading Gardner for a third baseman, pitcher, or catcher, might be the best option for the team, depending on who they got in return for Gardner.

          • mikefoxtrot says:

            sure…. if Gardner is part of a package for Stanton or Tulowitzki…. but that doesn't address the problem of the vastly inflated price that Boras is attempting to get for Ellsbury….. when Ellsbury has had two good seasons out of six.

            sorta Grady Sizemore without the consistent value and without the power,,,,,,, maybe not the guy to rely upon as the lone defensive stalwart in the outfield.

          • hotdog says:

            someone will overpay for Ellsbury, I hope it's not the Yankees…the Yankees are looking at Grady Sizemore as are other teams possibly on a minor league deal with incentives…i'm also hearing about Jed Lowrie as a possible trade target…

          • mikefoxtrot says:

            Lowrie is wanted by the other NY team….. and he's not likely to be available till July