NEW YORK — The Yankees are interested in all of baseball’s remaining free agents, general manager Brian Cashman told the media, after Robinson Cano reportedly agreed to a 10-year, $240-million contract with Seattle on Friday morning.
“All of them, yes,” Cashman reiterated, when asked for clarification.
Players the Yankees are now in on: Everyone. Choo. Beltran. Infante. Tanaka. Drew. You. Me. Everyone.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) December 6, 2013
“Even the free agents we’re not really interested in, we’re interested in,” Cashman added.
For the first time in free-agency history, the Yankees stood firm, not relenting to Cano’s exorbitant contract demands, even though he was a homegrown star destined for Monument Park.
“Everybody is replaceable,” Cashman said. “With free agents. It’s the Yankee way.”
Cashman has a point: the club’s spent $254 million on free agents Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Hiroki Kuroda in the last two weeks. Second baseman Omar Infante will likely end up a Yankee, whether he wants to or not.
“We’ve already signed Infante,” Cashman said. “He just doesn’t know it yet.”
“If you’re a free agent, we want to talk,” Cashman concluded. “More importantly, we’d like to sign you.”
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