The New York Yankees seemingly have been connected to just about every player this offseason. General manager Brian Cashman has been a genius this offseason trading players as the team pursues their 28th World Series. With certain dominos falling into place, the Yankees may start to get active again, bringing the attention back to the Bronx.
Here are all the latest Yankees news & rumors you need to know:
Yankees Are Interested In Michael Fulmer
The Yankees have been targeting starting pitching all offseason and since they are no longer chasing pitcher Yu Darvish and Gerrit Cole was traded to the Astros, it appears they have shifted the attention to Fulmer.
One possible explanation for the lack of a Darvish deal is the availability of right-handers Chris Archer (Rays) and Michael Fulmer (Tigers) on the trade market. Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last month that the Yankees had looked at both starting pitchers, and one source confirmed to MLB.com that the Tigers and Yankees have had trade discussions regarding Fulmer.
Fulmer in 2017 record 164.2 innings pitched and held a 10-12 record with a 3.83 ERA.
Rays Pitcher Chris Archer, A Possibility
As stated above with the Yankees pulling back their pursuit of Darvish, they have now turned their attention to other starting pitchers. Jon Morosi of MLB.com writes one possible explanation for the Yankees backing off Darvish is due to their interest in Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer.
Archer still has two years left on his contract that the Rays extended in 2014. He is due $13.75 million and has club options for 2020 at $9 million ($1.75 million buyout) and 2021 at $11 million ($250K buyout), respectively.
Brian Cashman has stated numerous times that he wants to be under the $197 million luxury tax and if the Yankees pull the trigger on Archer they will still be under the tax.
Archer has been one of the best young right-handed pitchers with 162 appearances, 160 of which have been starts racking up 967 innings pitched with a 3.63 ERA since entering the league in 2012.
Giants Sign Austin Jackson
The San Francisco Giants have signed outfielder Austin Jackson to a two-year deal worth $6 million, according to Jon Heyman. This impacts the Yankees because the Giants were a team that was rumored to be interested in outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
With the depth of the outfield the Yankees possess, holding on to 34-year-old Jacoby Ellsbury, set to make $68 million over the next three years, doesn't appear to be viable. But, the question the Yankees face is: what team is going to take on his contract? We know it's not the Giants.
Ellsbury hit .264 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs in 112 games last season.
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