If you thought the Yankees lineup was a juggernaut already, imagine adding free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez to the mix. No, the Yankees aren't on the cusp of signing right-handed masher. But if talks between Martinez and the Boston Red Sox continue to sour during spring training, a fascinating option for the Yankees will exist. Instead of, say, clearing money to sign a pitcher like Yu Darvish (now off the board) or Lance Lynn, the Yankees could try to trade a contract like Jacoby Ellsbury or Brett Gardner to add Martinez. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Martinez is "fed up" with talks in Boston and could be ready to make a jump to sign elsewhere. That led to ESPN's Dave Schoenfield to speculate on five possible non-Red Sox destinations for the 30-year-old outfielder. Among them: the Yankees.
MLB Rumors: Yankees stealing 'fed up' J.D. Martinez from Red Sox?
Newark Star-Ledger | Feb 12