Yankees Rumors: Carlos Pena, Johnny Damon, Limited Funds

The Yankees are reportedly searching for their next designated hitter but don't have a lot to spend, and could have as little as $1-2 million for the role according to Keith Law. The club is looking at several options, including Carlos Pena, a Johnny Damon reunion, and internal candidate Jorge Vazquez:

  • Twitter / @MLBNetworkRadio - "Carlos Pena told @RBIRich & @MelAntonen that the #Yankees have contacted him but he continues to explore all options, 1B & DH"
  • Twitter / @MarcCarig - "Yankees high spending last 3 seasons was $212m. They're about there now. Heard from people with knowledge earlier this winter that's as high as they would go. They don't want to deviate from the range they've established the last three years."
  • Is Carlos Peña The Last Piece In Yankees' Puzzle? - Rob Neyer | Baseball Nation
    "Even if Peña's willing to take a pay cut from his $10 million salary last season -- and I'm not convinced he should, though he might eventually have to -- his contract will presumably push the Yankees over their arbitrary payroll "limit". Also, he might well think he deserves to play first base, and to play first base every day. Which of course isn't going to happen with the Yankees."
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