Cliff Lee, obviously. Russell Martin, who was the subject of heavy rumors leading into the Winter Meetings. Pedro Feliciano, who’s name was first mentioned way back in mid-November. Rafael Soriano, who Jon Heyman consistently said was in the mix despite Brian Cashman’s comments to the contrary. And now, Andruw Jones.
Today, the Yankees and Jones are once again connected in a Heyman tweet saying the Yankees have stepped up their pursuit of the power-hitting corner outfielder. It’s been almost two weeks since Jones was first mentioned in connection to the Yankees, and the interest has been steady ever since.
This winter, there was some early Justin Upton trade speculation. Bill Hall’s name came up once or twice. Jerry Hairston was mentioned at one point. Johnny Damon has been loosely linked to the team. Several risk-reward starting pitchers — Justin Duchscherer, Jeff Francis, Jeremy Bonderman, Freddy Garcia — have floated occasionally onto the radar.
Several names have come and gone, but with the exception of Lee, the Yankees have landed everyone who seems to have landed on the radar and stayed there. Right now, no one is being more consistently linked to the Yankees than Jones.