Report: Yankees not planning to pursue Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth

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Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears from “a source” that the Yankees “aren’t planning to make a hard charge for Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth” this offseason.

That certainly makes sense because the Yankees are pretty set in the outfield with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher, and Gardner in particular has a relatively similar skill set to Crawford at a fraction of the price.

However, the notion that the Yankees won’t pursue the No. 2 and No. 3 free agents on the market hardly seems set in stone.

What happens if they make Cliff Lee a six-year, $120 million offer and he turns it down? Are the Yankees just going to put that money away for a rainy day and head into 2011 with the same roster? Maybe, but it seems more likely that the moment Lee turns them down would be the same moment their interest in Crawford and Werth increases, even if that means trading one of their current outfielders for pitching help or overpaying for a modest upgrade.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.