Justin Upton: Possible Destinations

New York Yankees

If there is a big free agent on the market, are the New York Yankees ever not interested?

While this possibility may not make sense on the surface, recent events make it ever more possible. The Yankees kicked off their offseason wheeling and dealing with the trade of catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for young outfielder Aaron Hicks. Hicks seems to be a platoon option for Brett Gardner, given Gardner’s struggles against left handed pitching, but it appears likely that something else is afoot.

Immediately following the trade for Aaron Hicks, several reports have come out detailing the Yankees interest in exploring the market for Gardner. If the Yankees do find a suitable trade partner for Gardner, and the interest is certainly there, it would be foolish to count the Yankees out as a potential team interested in signing Upton.

If Gardner is moved to another team, Hicks could be used as a backup option to spell both Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, who are both getting older and may be in need of further rest. It seems unclear if the Yankees would want to go with Hicks in a full time capacity as soon as next year, and signing Upton would make the Yankees not only better on offense, but Hicks could make the team better on defense overall. Don’t count the Yankees out on making some splashes this offseason. Upton could be one.

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