The New York Yankees have certainly made a name for themselves so far this offseason but they may make even more blockbuster moves.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the New York Yankees are in the market for a big time bat which includes names like Edwin Encarnacion and Yoenis Cespedes. They could even shock the world and potentially even sign both.
"#Yankees are going to get either Encarnacion or Cespedes. They may get both, and that wouldn't surprise me." – @JimBowden_ESPN
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) November 20, 2016
Either of these two big time sluggers would fill a major gap in the Yankee lineup of a big time bat to provide some protection to young catcher Gary Sanchez.
The most probable of the two coming to New York would be Edwin Encarnacion. In 2016, Encarnacion batted .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and an outstanding 127 RBI’s. He could bring an offensive force to the lineup that they have been missing for years, considering they did not have one hitter hit over 25 home runs last season.
Cespedes seems more of a long shot to join the Bronx Bombers but he does love New York and if the money is right he could certainly cross the bridge and put on the pinstripes.
In 2016, Cespedes batted .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI’s and practically single-handedly carried the New York Mets lineup to the postseason. Sure, he occasionally looks lazy in the outfield and often likes to golf in season, but there is no doubt what this man could do with the bat, especially in Yankee Stadium.
It is certainly going to be intriguing throughout the offseason to see what the Yankees decide to do regarding these two all-star sluggers.