Report: Yankees not interested in Carlos Beltran

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Following the Mets’ trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, most everyone believes Carlos Beltran is the next shoe to drop.  However, the six-time All-Star won’t be going to the Yankees, sources tell ESPN.com’s Buster Olney.

Olney reports that the Yankees aren’t interested in Beltran, who has hit .285/.377/.503 in 89 games this season.

If the Yankees were to pick up someone like Beltran, it’d mean sitting either Nick Swisher or Jorge Posada against right-handers, and while Beltran may well be an upgrade in that situation, he doesn’t really qualify as a need.

It’s pretty much a given that Beltran is a goner.  Since the Mets are prevented from offering him arbitration as a free agent, they don’t even have the incentive of keeping him in the hopes of getting a couple of draft picks in return.  Speculation will likely continue to center on the Giants, but Olney thinks the Tigers could land him because of their ability to take on salary.

Yankees, Tigers make a minor trade

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A minor trade goes down as everyone in baseball front offices recovers from, um, doing very little at the Winter Meetings: the Yankees acquired outfielder Tyler Hill from the Tigers for cash considerations.

The Tigers had picked Hill from the Red Sox in the minor league portion of yesterday’s Rule 5 Draft, meaning that he was a Tiger for less than 24 hours. I hope he cherished those memories.

Hill, who will turn 23 in March, hit .254/.348/.312 with one home run and 27 stolen bases in 124 games this past season for the Sox’ High-A team in Salem, Virginia. He was a 19th round pick for the Red Sox in 2014.