The NY Yankees appear set for the 2014 season after making their big signings, but with a month left until spring training, the team has moves that it could make and names like David Price, Jeff Samardzija and Stephen Drew could be in the mix, while Brett Gardner and prospect Gary Sanchez still could get traded.
Last season the Yankees continued to make trades and moves even as spring training started, but that was about injuries and not about adding players. Also, just to confirm, we know here that Stephen Drew is a free agent and does not need to be traded for, so we can get that out of the way, it just didn't make for a graceful headline, but he is in the mix since the team could need some insurance for Derek Jeter making a comeback from his injuries.
According to CBS Sports, the Mets have an interest in Drew and they have backed off a bit since he wants a three year deal worth north of $10 million and they aren't willing to do that after spending on Bartolo Colon and Curtis Granderson. Drew was solid last season for the Red Sox, hitting .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs and while he will be 30 years old, he could fit in well with the lineup. The Yankees have already added Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Masahiro Tanaka and Brian McCann, so they may not want to spend more, but sometimes all logic goes out the window.
The team doesn't have to pay A-Rod this season and according to SB Nation, there is a chance that they could deal for Jeff Samardzija or David Price, as long as the deals aren't too pricey. The team has Gary Sanchez and Mason Williams as their only prospects, while Brett Gardner would be their only trade chip on the roster. The team can't get rid of Ichiro because of his money and after Gardner came up in talks following the Ellsbury and Beltran deals, that could continue as the season gets closer.
It looks as if Samardzija and Price will remain with their teams into next season, but there have been major deals that have been made later than this and the Yankees could get in on that if they feel that one of those arms is what is missing from their roster as they try to make another World Series run before Jeter retires.