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MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees Looking at Josh Willingham, Alex Rios and Marlon Byrd

July 27th, 2014 at 1:11 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees are still looking to add some more bats to help their struggling offense and have three options that they are looking at right now.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports noted in his article that Josh Willingham of the Minnesota Twins, Alex Rios of the Texas Rangers and Marlon Byrd of the Philadelphia Phillies are all on the Yanks' radar.

Heyman points out that the Yanks would prefer Willingham out of the three since he isn't owed a lot of money and will be a free agent after 2014.

The hang up over Byrd and Rios is that they're owed money past this season, although Rios does have a buyout option of his $14 million deal in 2015 at $2 million and Byrd will only be owed $8 million in 2015.

Willingham, 35, has crushed 10 homers in just 56 games this season and despite his horrid .215 average, he does have an OPS of .777. Willingham has dealt with some injuries this season, but he has been healthy for some time now and remains the most realistic option considering he won't cost much to obtain based on his age and upcoming free agent status.

Rios has put up the most impressive numbers during his career of the three players mentioned in Heyman's article. He currently has only four homers and 43 RBI in 100 games though, so clearly he's not the player that was once capable of hitting 20 homers and driving in 90 runs in any given season.

Byrd currently has the best numbers of the trio of outfielders the Yanks are interested in. He has socked 20 homers with 69 RBI as a member of the Phillies this season and he has experience playing in the Big Apple as a member of the New York Mets in 2013.

Clearly the continued attempt to land an outfielder doesn't bode well for Carlos Beltran's chances of getting back on defense. Combined with the fact that the Yanks don't want Ichiro Suzuki as an everyday player, per Heyman, you have a scenario where New York will be busy looking for another outfield bat.


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