The Yankees need a centerfielder and have discussed internally a three-year offer worth about $30 million for Giles, who has primarily played the corner spots recently. But the person familiar with the Yankees’ plans said the team recently has moved down its list of prospective centerfielders and looked at its other options more seriously.
Among the centerfielders who have been discussed, at least internally, are the Phillies’ Jason Michaels, who will likely be available, and free agent Juan Encarnacion. Free agent Johnny Damon also could be an option if agent Scott Boras lowers his asking price.
Five months ago I wrote, about Encarnacion:
As a hitter, he’s pretty bad. Think Tony Clark, like he was last year, and apply that. It’s not Womack-bad. But, it’s basically some HRs, lots of whiffs, few walks, and a low BA. Not exactly the FT answer to the Yankees CF needs.
And, I’m still sticking to it.