Carl Crawford is out there. He’s a free agent, in his prime, coming off a strong season. The Yankees don’t necessarily need him, but he’s a more complete player than any of their current outfielders.
Question is, are they being aggressive or prepared? Are they seriously pursuing Crawford as a primary target, or are they keeping him in their sights as a big ticket option should Cliff Lee sign elsewhere?
My guess is the latter.
It’s impossible to ignore the 2008 signing of Mark Teixeira, but I’ve written in the past that this is not the same situation as two years ago. The Yankees financial situation is different, and their lineup is different. There is no glaring hole that positively needs a player like Crawford, and the open payroll space is better spent on a shortstop, closer and starting pitcher.
Rule it out? No chance. But talking is not the same as pursuing.