ORLANDO, Fla. — A Yankees contingent, led by managing partner Hal Steinbrenner, met with the agents for Carlos Beltran, Shin-Soo Choo, Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew, Brian McCann and presumably other free agents at the baseball GM Meetings here as the Yankees endeavor to remake only their second non-playoff team in 19 years.
Their intrerest in Drew is interesting in that Derek Jeter, the Yankes’ iconic shortstop, has already signed back for $12 million, but Steinbrenner, who did that deal, has already talked to Jeter to warn him that they may seek a starting shortstop due to Jeter’s current injury status. Jeter hasn’t spoken publicly since signing but he’s said to understand the Yankees’ shortstop interest after speaking with Steinbrenner.
The Yankees are aiming to get their payroll below $189 million to halt the luxury tax for a year, and reset it at the lowered 17 percent rate. They have tens of millions of dollars coming off the books with all their free agents and retired players, more if Alex Rodriguez is suspended.
Source: Jon Heyman CBS Sports