So the dealing part may not have happened yet but it sure sounds like things are heating up and we may see some names come, or even go soon.
According to the New York Post HERE, and us here at BYB (Read THE ASTROS WANT BRIAN McCANN…) the Yankees are busy trying to match up with other teams and yes Brian McCann is still being shopped out there. Brian Cashman and his agent B.B. Abbott are talking about possibly options but even Cashman said that even McCann would “have the final say” thanks to his no trade clause.
If McCann does agree to a trade then the Yankees will need a full time DH, but if he stays the Yankees will not need one. The Yankees have already looked at DH options if they are able to move McCann and according the the New York Post again HERE the Yankees have inquired about Kendrys Morales.
If the Yankees are serious about signing Morales they will have some competition, the Red Sox are also looking at Morales to replace David Ortiz. The Blue Jays are also interested because they are likely to lose Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Michael Saunders who hit a combined 88 home runs this season and would give them a left handed hitter with power.
Morales is an intriguing option for the Yankees. He is a switch hitter and just finished a two year contract with the Kansas City Royals and had a successful season with a .263 BA and 30 home runs in 158 games.
He could also play first base in an emergency if needed so he would give the Yankees some versatility in the field. He would likely be a cheaper option compared to other DH options like Carlos Beltran and last years home run leader Mark Trumbo.
Cashman is also looking at options for their top priority, pitching. Earlier this week Cashman checked in with the Agent for Aroldis Chapman again as well as Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers and former Yankee Mark Melancon. Remember him? The Yankees drafted and signed him back in 2006 and now he is the Nationals closer.
The Yankees are also looking at former Royals closer Greg Holland who held a showcase earlier this week. Holland is recovering from Tommy John surgery and half of the teams went to watch him pitch. He could be a good low risk high reward if the Yankees could get him at the right price and could take some pressure off of Dellin Betances.
The off season is really getting interesting. I like the names that Cashman is checking in with and I love the strategy. Do the Yankees keep McCann after all? Do we get a big name bullpen guy? I know I can’t wait to see what happens. Cashman has been busy! Stay tuned….good things are happening. I can feel it!
–Jeana Bellezza, BYB Senior Writer & Editor
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