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Yankees looking at Reed Johnson for left field

Maybe the Yankees are serious about not spending big money to fill their outfield opening...

According to the New York Post, they are talking with former Cubs flychaser Reed Johnson about their left field opening.

He doesn't have a lot of power. But Johnson has a respectable .282 career average and is a veteran of the American League East wars with five of his seven major league seasons coming in a Toronto uniform. 

The Yankees are said to have about $4 million to spend in order to stay within their self-imposed budget. Johnson made $3 million last year with the Cubs in an injury-shortened season that saw him get only 165 at bats in 65 games for Chicago.

If the Yanks sign Johnson it might help those of us in Cardinals country breathe a little bit easier that the Bronx Bombers won't make a big money run at St. Louis free agent left fielder Matt Hollliday. The slugging Holliday is expected to make four or five times a season what the Yankees say they can spend. But New York isn't known for being shy with the checkbook...