MLB Trade Deadline: Yankees Are 'In on Everyone' Regarding Outfield Help
Remember when Brian Cashman didn't want to make a move at the deadline?
Given that Brett Gardner is likely now out for the season with an elbow injury that requires surgery, I think that plan is out the window now with less than a week-and-a-half away from the July 31 trade deadline.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the New York Yankees are "in on everyone" with regards to outfield help. This includes Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies and Denard Span of the Minnesota Twins, according to a rival executive.
Heyman also said that the Yankees may look into other outfielders like Rick Ankiel or Juan Pierre, and maybe even others.
The Yankees like Victorino, but he would be a two-month rental as he will be a free agent after the year.
Heyman said that the Phillies could just hang onto Victorino for the remainder of 2012, have him decline arbitration and get a draft pick when Victorino signs elsewhere next offseason.
The Phillies center fielder is hitting .253 with eight home runs and 38 RBI with 21 stolen bases, which are down numbers for the 31-year-old.
Then there is Upton, who is locked up until the end of 2015. To acquire Upton, it may take a huge deal to pry away the 24-year-old from Arizona, who also has a no-trade clause and does have teams like the Yankees on it.
Now, that doesn't mean Upton wouldn't go to the Yankees, but it gives him leverage in any type of trade negotiations and he can approve or veto a deal should he desire.
Heyman feels that Upton could be a player that ends up getting dealt in the winter rather than in the summer because a deal involving Upton would be a blockbuster-type deal that could involve many players.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post feels that the Yankees should wait until the winter to make a deal for Upton, just like they did when they got Paul O'Neill, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher all in winter deals.
And then there is Span, who is drawing interest from several teams aside from the Yankees. According to Heyman, the Twins are asking for a ton in a deal for Span and are more inclined to trade him over Josh Willingham.
Span is hitting .276 with three home runs and 29 RBI for the Twins thus far this season. He would also be a long-term commitment, as he is locked up through 2015.
There's also the possibility of Ankiel, who the Nationals have called the Yankees on to gauge the Bombers' interest in the former pitching stud, and Heyman said the Yankees are considering it.
With the season-ending injury to Gardner, I think Cashman's trade interest has picked up. I know he doesn't want to mortgage the future, but he will certainly be smart about making a deal to help the team in both the short and long term.
Cashman knows he can't keep having Joe Girardi run out Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones in the outfield every day, as they could wear down by the time September and October rolls around.
With the deadline looming, it seems like everyone is now in anticipation on if and when the Yankees pull the trigger to help their chances on a 2012 World Series.
Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.
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