The Yankees are not planning to make a hard charge for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth this winter, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
General manager Brian Cashman has said that the team’s focus will be on adding pitching – Cliff Lee is their top priority – and re-signing free agents Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
The Yankees are content with Brett Gardner in left field, Curtis Granderson in center field and Nick Swisher in right field.
Gardner’s emergence in particular has changed the Yankees’ thinking on Crawford, who is expected to command at least a six-year deal at $15 to $18 million per year.
“We are better with Crawford, but at that price?” a Yankees source told the Daily News. “I’m not sure it’s that good of an upgrade.”
– Bryan Hoch