Josh Hamilton Rumors: Yankees Not Involved

While the New York Yankees have a need for at least one outfielder this winter, the club is not involved in the market for free agent slugger Josh Hamilton “at this point,” according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman adds that the Yankees would only consider signing Hamilton if he “fell into” their lap. He finishes by saying this is “not happening.”

After watching Ichiro Suzuki and Nick Swisher enter the free agent market, the Yankees are left with a void in the outfield. Brett Gardner will return and is an option to man left field for New York, but they will still be missing a significant bat in Swisher when it comes to right.

Given the Yankees eye toward the future and the luxury tax threshold, they wouldn’t seem to be a fit for Hamilton, who figures to command a lucrative multi-year contract. However, it’s never smart to count the Yankees out on anything, especially when it comes to a player whose market is still developing.

If the Yankees don’t pursue Hamilton, they could turn to fellow free agent corner outfielder Cody Ross. New York could also look to make a trade for a veteran such as Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer or Josh Willingham.

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