While today seemed to be a fairly quiet day in the Yankee Universe, a number of reports surfaced suggesting the pool of left fielders being considered by the Yankees is shrinking. First, from Ken Rosenthal, we learn that Mark Derosa is on his way to San Francisco:
The San Francisco Giants are closing in on a two-year deal with Mark DeRosa, according to a major-league source. The Giants are expected to use DeRosa at third base and also as a super-utility man who could fill in at multiple positions.
Then Jon Heyman nixed Jermaine Dye:
#yanks dont appear to be in on jermaine dye. #rangers, #cubs, #giants, #braves, #angels, etc. more likely.
Finally, Bryan Hoch reports that Xavier Nady has priced himself out of the Yankees budget:
Right now, it appears the hold-up would be more financial than physical. General manager Brian Cashman said on Monday that Nady’s price is above the Yankees’ current budget, which explains why they have not been seriously linked to him while some other clubs have.
I am curious to know exactly how much Nady is asking for, and Cashman’s statement may very well just be a negotiating ploy. However, with options seemingly disappearing by the hour, names like Reed Johnson, Austin Kearns, and possibly Johnny Damon become more likely. Might the Yankees and Damon come to a compromise on a 2 year deal? I would certainly not be shocked. Who do you think Cashman should target for LF?
(All links courtesy of i-yankees.com)