Brian Cashman and company will have a ton of work to do this offseason to make sure they don't miss the playoffs next season, and most of that includes bringing in players can not only take up a roster spot, but also play well enough to put the Yankees ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the standings once again.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Matt Garza have joined Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka on the list of the players that the Yankees have interest in pursuing this winter, says Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Ellsbury, who stole a league-high 52 bases while batting .298 for the Red Sox this past season, would seem like a valuable piece for the Yankees to go after, although I don't feel like he would fit in pinstripes, and his track record with injuries also scares me away -- as it should the Yanks.
Some reports also say that Ellsbury is drawing interest from almost half the league, and the increased bidding on the Gold Glove center fielder will only drive up the price, which is, of course, not something that the Yankees want.
Having spent three years in the AL East, Garza proved that he's able to compete with ease in baseball's toughest division. He spent a lot of time on the DL over the past could of seasons, but he he pitched very well for the Chicago Cubs before being traded to the Texas Rangers at the trading deadline. He'll probably end up costing more than he is worth, so I believe the Yankees should pass on him, too.
Either way, most of the rumors you will see are just basic protocol heading into the offseason, as about 145 players filed for free-agency on Thursday, so it's only natural that the Yankees kick the tires on a handful of them.