According to a source, the Yankees have shown interest in free agent outfielder Cody Ross and requested his medical information earlier this week.
The Yankees entered the offseason in need of outfielders after Nick Swisher and Ichiro Suzuki both hit the open market. New York initially focused on pitching, but after re-signing Hiroki Kuroda, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera the team’s priority could shift more toward position players at the winter meetings.
Ross spent last season playing in the American League East for the Yankees’ rivals, the Boston Red Sox. The 31-year-old hit .267/.326/.481 with 34 doubles and 22 home runs over 476 at-bats. He owns a career line of .262/.324/.460 over nine seasons in the majors.
Ross is said to be seeking a three-year contract this winter, reportedly somewhere in the range of the three-year, $21 million contract Josh Willingham signed with the Minnesota Twins last year.