The Yankees are all about value

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote that the Yankees would certainly re-sign Hideki Matsui because all of the marketing that surrounds him essentially allows him to pay his own keep. Today Buster Olney tweets that Matsui’s marketability is “no factor” in whether or not they re-sign him, and that, for the Yankees, “it is about getting the right player at the right price.”  Because if the Yankees have been about anything over the years, they’ve been about value.

It still makes sense for the Yankees to keep Matsui. He’s still productive, and even if the Yankees aren’t going to rest their entire decision making process on his marketability, “the right price” has to take the money he means to the team into account, don’t they? If price makes any kind of a difference, saying that those concerns are “no factor” makes no sense.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.