Mark Feisand of the New York Daily News has a source that says the Yankees will not pursue Carl Crawford this winter…
According to a source, the Yankees aren’t planning to make a hard charge for Crawford or Jayson Werth, the top two offensive free agents available this winter…Brett Gardner’s breakout year, Nick Swisher’s solid season and the late-season emergence of Curtis Granderson have the Yankees convinced that paying top dollar for an outfielder isn’t the most sensible way to spend their money.
So the Yankees will give Derek Jeter $20 million at age 36 to play shortstop (poorly). But they won’t give Carl Crawford $15 million to play left field (better than anybody else in the game). That’s fine by us.
This tells us that the Yankees are truly trying to work within a budget, as strange as that may sound. While it is silly for most teams to pay Crawford $15 million if they have a Brett Gardner around at $400K. Crawford is still worth 1-2 wins more than Gardner, and the Yankees have never been a team to shy away from a big contract if it meant improving the team, even a little.
The Yankees loyalty to Jeter and Mariano Rivera is going to come back to bite them in the ass. It might not happen in 2011. But it will happen. Let’s just hope the Rays are able to take advantage.