The New York Yankees are planning on an epic spending spree that could go up to and even exceed $300 million; part of which will include retaining second basemen Robinson Cano, but the team has quite a few of targets.
Some of those include Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann and Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, but part of that interest is also Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.
With Alfonso Soriano and Brett Gardner already set to be the team's left fielder and center fielder, Choo would be sought after to play the team's open right field position that Curtis Granderson may be vacating as he too, is also a free agent and could land a multi-year deal in free agency. Granderson will get a one-year qualifying offer from the Yankees, but he could reject it if a team like the Chicago White Sox offer Granderson a deal he can't refuse.
There's also been speculation that St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran has interest in playing for the Yankees too, but it's very likely that the Cardinals will offer him the same qualifying offer and if he has a strong World Series over the next week, he could end up staying with St. Louis for the rest of his career, which would then force the Yankees to look elsewhere, which is where Choo comes into play.
While outfield isn't a priority to the Yankees, the idea of landing Choo to play right field is something Yankees GM Brian Cashman likes very much, as Jon Heyman from CBS Sports and WFAN noted on Wednesday.
"The Yankes are one of the teams committed to new stats and they are admirers of Choo's on-base ability. In his first year batting leadoff for the Reds, he had a .423 on-base percentage, good for second best in the National League to teammate Joey Votto. Multiple sources say the Yankees do like Choo very much. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman declined comment abut Choo specifically but noted that outfield isn't their top priority for a team that has many needs. The Yankees have quite the puzzle, as a team that had a $230-million payroll but has several big salaries coming off the books and a stated desire to get below $189 million on the payroll."
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