Outfield Upgrades Opportunities Abound
With Brett Gardner likely out for the year, the New York Yankees "are in on everybody," including Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies, Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Denard Span of the Minnesota Twins, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
In their search for an outfielder with Brett Gardner likely out for the year, the Yankees "are in on everybody,'' says a rival executive. That means they've checked in on Shane Victorino, Justin Upton and Denard Span, and presumably others.
While the Yankees have checked in on the trio listed above, Heyman adds that there’s "nothing going" at this point for several reasons.
Heyman notes that the Phillies have put selling on hold, as they instead focus all of their efforts on re-signing starting pitcher Cole Hamels, so any intimations toward Victorino will likely wait.
Upton isn’t going to New York "anytime soon for many reasons," reports Heyman. For one, other teams seem to like the 24-year-old more than the Yankees. Heyman also believes an Upton trade won’t take place until the off-season.
Further complicating matters in the Yankees' pursuit of outfield upgrades, a source with whom Heyman spoke said "the Twins are asking for a ton" in exchange for Span. While Minnesota is more willing to trading Span than other players, including fellow outfielder Josh Willingham, it doesn’t mean "they’re completely open to it."