New York Yankees' offseason news, rumors: Torii Hunter, Justin Upton, more

Torii Hunter. - Jim Cowsert-US PRESSWIRE

Are the New York Yankees in or out in a free-agent pursuit of veteran outfielder Torii Hunter? The same question applies to a trade for Arizona Diamondbacks' outfielder Justin Upton. Can general manager Brian Cashman build a championship team on a modest (for the Yankees) $189 million budget?

All of these questions are looked in today's roundup of Yankees' offseason news and rumors. By the way, on most questions the answer vary depending on who is doing the writing.

Torii Hunter seems like an early star in this free-agent market - CBSSports.com
Hunter should easily beat the $13.3-million qualifying offer that the Angels declined to make by getting a multiyear deal.

Hunter should wind up doing a lot better than the qualifying offer. A two- or even three-year deal seems well within reach.

Hunter is expected to seek a salary similar to the one received by Carlos Beltran, who got a $26-million, two-year deal last winter, and Derek Jeter, who got a bit more than that per year coming off a .270 season.

Yankees could explore trade market for Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks young outfielder who struggled last season - NY Daily News
The Yankees aren’t expected to be major players when it comes to big-time free agents this winter, as next year’s $189 million payroll threshold looms over them like a big, dark cloud.

The trade market? That’s another story.

The biggest name to float around the Hyatt Regency during the first day of the general manager’s meetings was Arizona’s Justin Upton, the 25-year-old two-time All-Star right fielder.

According to sources, Upton has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to four teams. The Yankees were on that list a year ago, but it has since been updated and they are no longer on it.

New York Yankees vowing to get under the $189 million luxury tax threshold for 2014 - NYPOST.com
The Yankees are so serious about dropping under that $189 million luxury tax threshold for 2014 that, according to a source briefed on their plans, they would not even do a two-year contract in the $20 million range with Torii Hunter, The Post has learned.

Though Arizona’s Justin Upton has become available at the GM Meetings, a person involved in discussions said, “The Yankees are not on him.”

Yankees officials are insisting that you either commit to a philosophy or not, and they remain galvanized on gaining the financial benefits that are available via the collective bargaining agreement if they slip below $189 million.

New York Yankees face offseason questions about A-Rod, Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, free agents and trades - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN
New York Yankees face offseason questions about A-Rod, Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, free agents and trades New York Yankees face offseason questions about A-Rod, Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, free agents and trades.

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