With outfielder Curtis Granderson likely out of the picture, the New York Yankees are focused on two outfielders, Shin-Soo Choo of the Cincinnati Reds and Carlos Beltran of the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has the story:
Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran are the top two stars they seek, targets 1 and 1A, according to a person familiar with their thinking, with Jacoby Ellsbury a hair behind the other two stars.
Choo and Beltran appear very popular on a market with fairly limited power. The Yankees also like top power-hitting catcher Brian McCann, on whom they are bidding.
Choo batted batted .285, had an on-base percentage of .423 and slugged .462 for the Reds last season. He appeared in 154 games, hit 21 home runs and drove in 54 more runs.
Beltran batted .296, had an on-base percentage of .339 and slugged .491. He appeared in 145 games, hit 24 home runs and drove in 84 runs.
Ellsbury will likely have too big of a price tag for the Yankees to make a serious run at him.
The rival Red Sox, who will likely lose Ellsbury, also appear to be interested in Choo and Beltran.