I think this is the first rumor I've written about but it relates to one of my recent posts:
Yankees need to sign Yoenis Cespedes. Wednesday, January 20, 2016 2:27 PM
Brian Cashman, come on. You know you want him. Hal Steinbrenner, ... you don't know much, so forget it. Go back to sleep.
Go get the guy! He's just sitting there. The Metsies are too dopey to sign Yoenis Cespedes.
MLB news and rumors for Jan. 20: Four teams after Cespedes?
By Dayn Perry, Baseball Writer
January 20, 2016 10:14 pm ET
RUMORS & SPECULATION
Yoenis Cespedes: While the White Sox, Mets, and Nationals are thought to be the leading contenders to sign the free agent outfielder, maybe the Yankees are entering the fray? Per MLB.com's Paul Hagen, here's what Yanks principal owner Hal Steinbrenner had to say on the subject of Cespedes' availability: "We're always looking to improve the club. I'm comfortable with where the payroll is now, but we're always looking to improve. You never know with us. We can surprise people."
Unfortunately, the website (cbssports.com) mysteriously starts talking and it can take a while, so that after you've started reading you scramble to find the annoying sound source. When I heard it two guys were talking about Cespedes and one was trashing Cespedes. I think he's a guy who had ethical issues years ago. Anyway, the Cespedes problems supposedly included his Met teammates not liking Cespedes skipping batting practice (wasn't Cespedes hurt?) and smoking during games. Those Metsies. They're so elitist.
Note: I saw Roger Maris smoking in the Yankee first base dugout near the exit to the clubhouse right next to manager Ralph Houk. I saw it only because I was sitting on field level in reserve seats behind the third base dugout. This was around 1966. Maybe Cespedes can hit 100 home runs in his first two Yankee seasons as Maris had done.
Hal Steinbrenner speaks? Wow! That's a step in the right direction.