According Mark Feinsand and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, the Yankees are making a “full-court press” in pursuing free agent catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Carlos Beltran.
Though we’ve heard that Shin-Soo Choo is their top outfield target, there are mixed signals with this report, which states that Beltran is the Yankees’ priority. The Rangers have also begun the pursuit on the outfielder, and it seems the Yankees are active early and have a specific plan they don’t want backfiring. I do recall Cashman saying in a pre-offseason interview that although they want to be patient, they don’t want to be left without a backup plan in January. These early moves may come from that philosophy. Although I expect free agents to wait as long as possible to get a solid read on the market, if the Yankees are truly in heavy pursuit, a signing may come quickly, perhaps as early as this week.
After these two signings, the Yankees hope to also re-sign Robinson Cano and Hiroki Kuroda, as well as winning the bid on pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. I’m not sure how they plan to afford all of this while staying under $189 million, so something has to give here.