This winter, you can bet the Yankees will be linked to players other than Cliff Lee and Derek Jeter. Just this afternoon, they were reported to have interest in lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano and to have at least kicked the tires on Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton.
And we’re going to continue to hear these sort of connections all offseason. Some might lead somewhere. Most will be deadends.
“Right now it’s just a lot of people expressing interest, not necessarily making offers,” Brian Cashman said.
Feliciano makes obvious sense for the Yankees (and Cashman has acknowledged he’s looking for a lefty). Upton makes sense for basically every team in baseball — he’s still just 23 — and if he’s going to be moved, the Yankees have to at least make the phone call.
Whether it leads anywhere remains to be seen, but sometimes a player can be had for a lower-then-expected price. Just ask the Braves…
• The Braves traded for Dan Uggla today, and got him for a good utility man (Omar Infante) and a former Yankees minor leaguer (Mike Dunn). Granted, Uggla is going to make considerable money in arbitration, but that’s still not a ton to give up. At least not in my opinion. Dunn originally went to the Braves in The Boone Logan Trade.
• Roy Halladay won the NL Cy Young today, and he seemed to side with CC Sabathia in the AL Cy Young debate.
• The Rockies released reliever Manny Corpas today. He would be a very attractive option for most teams — and might still be — but he did just have Tommy John surgery, so he could miss all of next season.