From Joel Sherman (NY Post):
Corey Patterson was recently put on outright waivers by the Nationals and the Yankees are considering signing him to fill in as the backup center fielder until Brett Gardner recuperates from his hand injury, the Post has learned.
Patterson is a notoriously frustrating player who never really delivered on his promise, though we’ve been treated to glimpses. He’ll always have offenisve “upside,” even at 30, but the Yankees don’t really care about that since his playing time would be limited. Instead, with Gardner on the DL, what they care about is defense and speed, which Corey Patterson offers in spades. The Yankees are interested in Josh Anderson for the same reason. Whether these moves occur or not, the rumblings regarding Patterson and Anderson signal Brett Gardner’s importance to the Yankees. He’s really been a key player for them in 2009.