New York Yankees Rumors: Team Could Dump Outfielders This Week

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The New York Yankees have an abundance of outfielders in its arsenal with the recent acquisitions of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran last week. Now New York could be looking to move not only Brett Gardner, but Ichiro Suzuki as well. With those reports coming out Monday, it almost makes it certain that either of the two, or even both will get traded at some point during the Winter Meetings.

Gardner would be the hottest outfielder that the Yankees can trade. He provides a lot of speed on the basepaths and does not swing for the fences, although he batted left-handed in Yankee Stadium. Last season, he led the league with 10 triples while batting .273/.344/.416. He also stole 24 bases. Gardner can be a huge help on the defensive side if given the chance to be an everyday player. He has the tools, and it looks like New York is willing to part ways with him.

As for Ichiro, he is still owed $6.5 million. The Yankees would probably have to eat some of that in order to trade him this week. He had to play a lot more than was expected of him last season due to the injuries plaguing the team. At 39, Ichiro batted .262/.297/.342 with 35 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

Gardner would be the likely trade target because the Yankees could get the most back for him. Ichiro would still be owed money and if a team is willing to take some of his contract on, then a trade would definitely happen.

Ryan Gaydos is an MLB columnist for RantSports.com. He comments on New York Yankees rumors. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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