The Yankees already have given their outfield a significant makeover, and they may not be done yet. Now that Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury have agreed to deals to come to The Bronx, Brett Gardner has drawn interest from other teams looking to pry him away from the Yankees. With deficiencies in the infield, the starting rotation and the minors, Gardner is an attractive potential target. Some in the organization are hesitant to move Gardner, though, since Ellsbury and Beltran have dealt with injury issues and Alfonso Soriano is a below-average outfielder who may see time at DH. Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells also remain under contract. “We’re looking at everything,” one Yankees official said. “We’ve shown we haven’t been afraid to make moves this offseason.” Clearly, the Yankees have more to do, even after the additions of Ellsbury, Beltran and Brian McCann, as well as retaining Hiroki Kuroda, whose signing was announced by the team Saturday. Ellsbury’s seven-year deal worth $153 million with a club option for an eighth year also was made official Saturday. The former Red Sox outfielder will be introduced at Yankee Stadium Friday. Despite the recent flurry of action, the Yankees believe they can add at least one more significant piece now that Robinson Cano is headed to Seattle — a departure that stunned CC Sabathia. The lefty said he believed Cano would stay in The Bronx — and the Yankees wouldn’t let him leave.
Gardner may be odd man out in Yankees’ outfield
New York Post | Dec 8