Olney: Yankees are talking to Carl Crawford

A deal that almost was: Cervelli for Martin
Mailbag: Webb, Rhodes, DH

Via Buster Olney, the Yankees are “very much engaged in discussions” with free agent outfield Carl Crawford, though it’s unclear if they’re looking at him in combination with Cliff Lee, or as an alternative to the lefty. I suspect it’s the latter, and they’re just covering all their bases. Should they miss out on Lee, they could attempt to sign the other CC and then deal one of their spare outfielders for a sorely needed starting pitcher.

It was pretty busy last night, so in case you missed it: Mariano Rivera is on the verge of re-signing for two-years and $30M, and the Yanks came dangerously close to trading Frankie Cervelli for the since non-tendered Russell Martin. That would have been awesome.

A deal that almost was: Cervelli for Martin
Mailbag: Webb, Rhodes, DH
  • Will

    Or they’re just driving up the price for the Sawx. Either way.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      I think it’s 90% this and 10% backup plan incase they whiff on Lee.

  • http://itsaboutthemoney.net Jason @ IIATMS

    Yeah, that would have been awesome.


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  • Righteous Brother

    There’s a zero percent chance the Yankees invest eight figures in a man who has never gotten on base 36.5% of the time in his career.

    There’s no way.

    • Gonzo

      I am not a fan of either big FA OF’er for the big deals they’ll get. Crawford is the better choice, but he played a ton of games on turf.

    • Chris

      It wouldn’t be 8 figures… he made $5M last year, and should make something similar this year.

      Also, a .365 OBP is pretty darn good for a catcher. Jorge Posada’s career OBP is only .377.

      • Chris

        Never mind. I was thinking of Martin…

        Wrong thread.

  • Andrew S.

    Russel Martin: YES!
    Carl Crawford: NOOOOO!!!! God no!!!

    • Gonzo

      I like Martin, but I think he’ll get a better deal for more certain playing time. Unless the Yanks trade Montero, the risk of Montero taking playing time away from him are too high. Maybe they can convince Russell of of a 80 game split with Jesus.

  • bonestock94

    They’re just doing to the Angels and Sawks what they failed at doing with Mo.

    • Klemy

      Didn’t even think of that, but I suppose it’s possible.

  • kosmo

    I like Crawford and let´s assume there is a plan B in case Lee signs elsewhere. Trading a “spare“ OF Hmmm??? You mean one of either Swisher ,Granderson or Gardner??
    If the Yanks need a SP it wouldn´t surprise me in the least that one of them would be shipped out.
    Greinke and Carpenter have got to be on the Yanks radar.
    These next couple of weeks could be fun for Yankee fans.

    • adam

      you really want grenke. doesnt he have some social anxiety disorder . not a great fit to come to ny

  • rek4gehrig

    Cash is just toying with the Sox

    • kosmo

      Probably so but I´m suggesting there is always more here than what meets the eye.It´s not just about we sign Lee and it´s game ,set and match.There is more here than just resigning MO,Jeter and possibly signing Lee.
      Stay tuned!

  • Joe R

    I just dont see how an OF, All-Star or not, is a backup plan for a SP need. Its like just getting someone just to get someone.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Because one of the current starting outfielders would likely be packaged for a good starting pitcher.

  • Monteroisdinero

    I like this but only if we didn’t spend $19M on our declining SS who can’t pull a fastball and has poor range that will get worse. Oh, his power is declining as well. How many HR’s in the second half? Since there were no injuries of note, I can only assume it is the beginning of a downward trend-big time.

    Gardy leadoff and Crawford second sounds pretty good to me. 100 SB’s between those two.

    Swisher to DH, Nunez to short (just as good in the field, cheap and COULD get better whereas Jeter will get worse).

    Posada at 40-part-time catcher and backup DH/pinch hitter late innings for our SS if need be.

    None of this will happen. This is not man-love for Nunez but a better way to spend $19M a year on a 29 year old vs a 36-37 year old SS.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      you’ve got Posada as the third catcher and pinch hitter? i think that would be harder to sell than Nunez at short…you’ve got something like 300 games of DH in that scenario after you add in Arod and Tex.

      Of course, when ninja elf gets the double dh rule imposed, you’re still a little short…

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Let it go man, let it go.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    No me gusta.

  • http://aol.com Joe

    In the 2010 season, the Yankees troubled with their pitching. They went out and Curtis Granderson. The Yankees had plenty of hitting but they should keep their eye on pitching and Cliff Lee. The Yankees have plenty of speed and power in the outfield last season. So my opinion is to get Lee and then get Crawford if needed and if Gardner still has his wrist issues.

  • http://www.yahoo.com mike

    there just keeping there options open they dont want to spend all there time on lee and then leave with nothing they want at least one of them and then again maybe they need crawford to lure lee in

  • http://yahoo matthew

    ya jus hatin on Dj

  • T of N Y

    I caution one and all to keep in mind the 2008 off-season: Cashman made it clear to one and all that Sabathia and Burnett were all the Yanks could afford. Lo and behold, we were given an early x-mas present; Mark Teixeira showed up under the collective Yankee tree. Bringing in the best pitcher and position player available in the same off-season is something the Yankees and Cash are getting good at doing. Crawford would bring another younger, more athletic, supremely talented perennial all-star to the team and the outfield defense, assuming Swisher was traded or moved out of the outfield would be instantly the best in the majors; Gardner could easily move over to right. The more one considers it, the more attractive this becomes.

  • Stephen Martell

    Yankees need to get Carl Crawford. Crawford is the best LF in baseball and with the outfield of Crawford-Gardner-Granderson, it be the best outfield in baseball in my opinion. Crawford got a tailor made swing for Yankee Stadium. Girardi now has 3 players that can steal at will and will cause more havoc on the basepaths. The key here is to trade Nick Swisher for bullpen help. Swisher is the odd man out. I never liked him. Hes slow and he already hit his ceiling. Crawford in LF, Gardner in CF, and Granderson in RF

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      The key here is to trade Nick Swisher for bullpen help. Swisher is the odd man out. I never liked him. Hes slow and he already hit his ceiling.

      All kinds of insane.

  • Steve

    Trade Nick Swisher and move Gardner to his natural position at CF, move Granderson in RF, and plug Crawford in LF. Now you have your outfield set for the next 10 years and it be one less thing to worry about

    • dpaw

      You people are all nuts !!!! TRADE Swish he might be the only guy out of the three you want after april! He brings everyone up in the clubhouse and his hustle is second to none!!!! Oh ya and hes a switch hitter ….If you think Carl Crawford is gonna bring anything to the yanks clubhouse you are all crazy …Bottom line All we need is starting pitching some bullpen help and a rplacement infielder who can hit and give jeter and arod days of…. You heard it hear first

  • chris

    Crawford, Gardner, Granderson thats great now move Swisher to dh and trade Posada or just leave him as pinch hitter

  • Tim

    Come on who are the Yankees fooling, we’re going to get both Lee and Crawford. Just who will Crawford replace?

    • Steve

      hell replace swisher cause swisher is the odd man out and he aint nothing special, trade swisher for bullpen help