New York Yankees trade rumors suggest the team needs another outfielder before the season begins. As reported on Thursday (Jan. 17), the Yankees expressed interest in Michael Morse of the Washington Nationals and Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nothing came from either of those rumors, but the Yankees are clearly in the market still.
Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez, and Andruw Jones have gone on to other things, leaving the Yankees with the need for a right-handed hitting outfielder. The current roster has three left-handed hitters (Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki, and Curtis Granderson), but that doesn't give the lineup a lot of flexibility heading into the 2013 MLB season.
It has been suggested again and again that the Yankees would like to sign Scott Hairston, but he is a free agent that would like a full-time job somewhere. That might not be something he could have in New York, especially if the Yankees are planning on doing an outfield platoon again. Last season for the New York Mets, Hairston posted a .263 average with 20 home runs and 57 RBIs, but he may also be looking for a pay raise.
Under the radar, New York Yankees trade rumors indicate that the team would definitely like to have Justin Upton, but the real question is whether the team has the right assets to make Arizona happy. If not, the team may have to find someone on the scrap heap that has been unable to find a comfortable deal with another franchise.