The Yankees have a “very strong” interest in infielder Jeff Keppinger, and are “accelerating” their timetable on the free agent in the wake of the news of Alex Rodriguez‘s hip injury, tweets Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Keppinger, who spent the 2012 season with the Rays, is a utility infielder who can ostensibly play all over the infield and mashes left handed pitching, but he’s not a particularly strong regular. The Yankees have reportedly been interested in him all offseason, as they were originally seeking a super-sub type of infielder who could spell A-Rod and Derek Jeter semi-regularly, but now they obviously need an interim starter at third base, and Keppinger fits that bill as well as any other options on the free agent market.
In addition to rumors of possibly being open to trading Curtis Granderson, the Yankees will listen to trade proposals involving Phil Hughes, according to Joel Sherman. However, Sherman notes that the Yankees still intend to compete in 2013, a goal that’s not necessarily conducive to trading established big league contributors for prospects and/or salary relief. This is why I can’t really see the Yankees working out any agreeable deal for Granderson, but Hughes could be another matter. For one thing, Hughes is the team’s fourth starter on paper, and replacing him with Ivan Nova or David Phelps wouldn’t be the worst move ever, and for another, I have a perhaps irrationally optimistic outlook of what Hughes could do in a big park, especially in the National League. If he were willing to sign an extension as part of a deal, I can see teams having enough interest that they might part with something the Yankees are looking for in return.…
Before the announcement that Alex Rodriguez would–again–need hip surgery to repair a torn labrum, the Yankees’ roster situation was dire enough. Perhaps “dire” is overselling it a bit, but going into yesterday, the Yankees were without a legitimate catcher, right fielder, and designated hitter. Now, they find themselves without a wholly viable...
The Loud Mouths talk to Sweeney Murti of WFAN about the Yankees’ offseason plans.
I don’t know if there’s any meat to this, but make of it what you will: Buster Olney tweeted late last night that the Yankees are “open” to trade talks involving Curtis Granderson. I suspect at this point the Yankees are “open” to trade talks involving everyone in the organization short of C.C. Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Mariano Rivera, and Andy Pettitte, but there you go. I know Granderson has fallen out of favor with a lot of fans, and trading him has certainly become something of a grassroots priority, but I really don’t see where you’re going to find a good deal at this point. He’s only got one year left on his contract, and he finished the 2012 season in something of a huge funk with a metric ton of strikeouts. Selling low on him now as the Yankees are already short a catcher, third baseman, and right fielder would basically mean punting the 2013 season, and wouldn’t necessarily help the Yankees any in 2014 either.…
Tonight, Stacey and I are joined by Rob Abruzzese of Bronx Baseball Daily, and as you can imagine we spend an awful lot of time talking about Alex Rodriguez and his looming hip surgery. What it says about his postseason performance in hindsight, what it means for the Yankees in 2013 and beyond, and how they should go about replacing him in the lineup. We also spend some time talking about the affect this will have on the Yankees’ payroll plans, and the state of the A.L. East at large.
Now as we all know from what’s been happening so far this season, the Yankees only seem to be interested in giving out one-year deals. Ross was looking for a three-year deal from the Red Sox who so far have only offered him two years. So this could be one of those “throwing a name out there to see if people will bite” sort of thing.
I guess that means I fell for it.
Anyway, Ross spent the bulk of his career – 2006-2010 – with the Florida Marlins. He was traded from Florida to San Francisco in 2010 and won a World Series title with the Giants. He was signed to a one-year deal with Boston batted 267/.326/.481 with 22 homers and 81 RBI in 2012.