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