While they are watching the Boston Red Sox compete in the 2013 World Series which starts up this week, the New York Yankees are planning on a potential mega spending spree; likely to top as much as $300 million in salaries.
It makes sense for the Yankees to want to spend big after missing out on the postseason for only the second time since 1995, but also the second time since 2008 and could be watching their rivals win a championship while they sit at home watching the postseason from their couches.
George King of the New York Post has reported that the Yankees brass and scouting department will hold meetings in Tampa this week and will discuss who to target this winter in free agency; the team has reportedly named a few players as their main interests this winter which include Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Sin-Soo Choo, Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Maholm and Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew.
The team's interest in Tanaka and McCann have been well documented, especially considering the team's need for both starting pitching and at catcher. The team's need for pitching is a large one with the retirement of Andy Pettitte and free agency of Hiroki Kuroda, thus the interest of Tanaka is seen as a priority, as King reported on Monday.
Choo is a new name that has come up, but is expected to draw interest from other teams this winter like the New York Mets among other teams. Plus, considering the team already has Alfonso Soriano and Brett Gardner as two-thirds of the starting outfielder, the team will likely look to re-sign Curtis Granderson with a qualifying offer, which will be for one year and $14.1 million, which would take care of their need for a right fielder.
King did mention that the team might try to trade Ichiro Suzuki this winter and shed the remaining $6.5 million on his contract, especially if the team locks Granderson up for another season this winter.
The interest of Drew all depends on what the team thinks they can get out of Derek Jeter, who spent most of the 2013 season on the shelf with multiple injuries and is expected to exercise his $9.5 million player option for 2014 but Jeter will be 40-years-old this coming season and many people in baseball wonder what he has left to offer to the team and wonder if he can stay healthy for a full season or not.
With free agency kicking off five days after the World Series concludes, the Yankees are priming to be one of the more active teams looking to make major changes and get better in 2014 so that they will be back in the thick of things in October again.
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