While it's a known fact around Major League Baseball that the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to trade their superstar outfielder Justin Upton, it appears their general manager Kevin Towers is having a tough time finding a buyer. After Towers found a deal with the Seattle Mariners, Upton promptly exercised his no-trade clause and voted down the deal. Now, as FOX Sports national MLB writer Jon Paul Morosi reports, the Yankees are not expected to partake in the Upton sweepstakes,
“The Yankees’ newfound mantra of fiscal responsibility – a $189 million payroll in 2014, not a penny more – has stifled a number of potential moves this winter, including their willingness to meet the Diamondbacks’ price for the two-time All-Star.”
While the stance is not surprising considering Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner's edict to reduce payroll, at this time last year nobody was expecting general manager Brian Cashman to sign Los Angeles Dodgers free agent starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and trade for then-Seattle Mariners right-hander Michael Pineda. However, it doesn't appear there will be a surprise move as spring training approaches, either with Upton or Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, whom the Marlins are publicly expressing their unwillingness to part ways with.
At this juncture, it appears the right-handed bat sweepstakes are narrowed down to either a trade for Washington Nationals first baseman/outfielder Michael Morse or the signing of free agent outfielder Scott Hairston, who the crosstown New York Mets have a similarly strong interest in.
Currently, the projected Yankees lineup includes an outfield where all three starters are left-handed. The Yankees signed former Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Diaz and claimed former Cleveland Indians first baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler off waivers to potentially spell the lack of right-handed bats.
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