Yankees not likely to pursue Andrus

Though the Yankees are not yet close to acquiring either player, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweeted that they are more likely to pursue a deal for the White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez rather than Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.

It certainly makes sense, given the fact that Andrus is owed $120 million over the next eight seasons. Not only does Andrus have an unappealing contract, but his production has also dropped off over each of the last two seasons.

As for Ramirez, he’s coming off a solid season that included his first All-Star appearance. More importantly, he’s owed just $10 million next season then has a $10 million club option with a $1 million buyout for 2016.

Though his contract status makes Ramirez more appealing to the Yankees, it also makes him a lucrative target for other teams. Again, nothing is close at this point, but it makes sense at this point for the Yankees to engage in talks with the White Sox rather than the Rangers.

— Paul Casella

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