Lots of big names -- including Carlos Beltran Japan's Masahiro Tanaka Brian McCann and even Shin-Soo Choo -- were discussed at the Yankees organizational meetings over the past couple days. The names of Beltran Tanaka and McCann have been connected to the Yankees before but Choo is a fairly new one. The Yankes are one of the teams committed to new stats and they are admirers of Choo's on-base ability. In his first year batting leadoff for the Reds he had a .423 on-base percentage good for second best in the National League to teammate Joey Votto. Multiple sources say the Yankees do like Choo very much. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman declined comment abut Choo specifically but noted that outfield isn't their top priority for a team that has many needs. The Yankees have quite the puzzle as a team that had a $230-million payroll but has several big salaries coming off the books and a stated desire to get below $189 million on the payroll. They'll have what amounts to a makeover after failing to make the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years. The Rangers Cubs Astros Mariners Phillies incumbent Reds and Mets are among other teams that may make sense for Choo. Houston could be an interesting surprise entry. The Yankees like Tanaka who is said to have great mound presence but not quite the stuff of Yu Darvish. They also like the fact that posting monies aren't counting toward the luxury tax. The Yankees will need to consider third base shortstop catcher and starting pitcher with outfield a bit lower on their priority list.
Big names -- including McCann, Beltran and Choo -- on Yankee menu
CBS Sports | Oct 23