The New York Yankees had difficulty hitting for power this season and they are looking to get some heavy bats this coming offseason. The latest MLB rumors suggest that the Yankees might sign Yoenis Cespedes to a contract if he decides to opt out of his deal with the New York Mets.
In his recent end-of-the-season press conference, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman revealed that one of his plans to improve the offense. He noted that the team was really inconsistent in scoring runs.
“We weren’t very consistent with runs scored and the offense was not as dynamic as it was the previous year. I think a lot of the opportunities for better run production is going to come from improved results with runners in scoring position,” Cashman said, via River Ave Blues.
Cashman did not mention any possible signings since the season is still underway. However, one name that the Yankees could sign if he is available is Yoenis Cespedes. The 30-year-old can opt of his contract with the Mets and all signs point out that he will test the free agent market once again.
According to the NJ Advance Media Group, the Yankees are one of the potential teams that may sign Cespedes this winter along with the Los Angeles Angels, Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants. Besides hitting for power, Cespedes can play right field which is something that the Yankees need.
However, Cory Claus of Yanks Go Yard is against the Yankees’ possible signing of the Cuban slugger. He noted that Cespedes lacks the hunger and passion that is needed by the 27-time World Series champions.
“Cespedes showed he is a great player, and a clutch player, who is neither able nor willing to do everything he can to win. If getting that close to what should be your only goal and not realizing it do not make you obsessed with winning it all, then you cannot be on the Yankees,” Claus pointed out.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that these are just MLB rumors at the moment and should be taken with a grain of salt. There is still a chance that Yoenis Cespedes decides to stay with the Mets and the Yankees going after Carlos Beltran.
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