New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he will likely reconvene with the representatives for free-agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes after the team shed payroll by trading catcher Brian McCann on Thursday.
Cashman reached out to Cespedes' agents, as well as Jose Bautista's at the GM Meetings, though he downplayed it by saying he was doing his due diligence.
"I'm sure we'll talk again," Cashman said Thursday, according to the New York Times' James Wagner. "Now that we have more flexibility, it gives us more choices."
Cashman said Thursday morning, before the Yankees traded McCann to the Atlanta Braves for two pitching prospects, that the team's pursuit of any high-profile offensive player might only come if the team sheds payroll.
By trading McCann, the Yankees will save $11.5 million, as they are on the hook for $5.5 million of McCann's $17 million salary for 2017.
Cespedes, 31, recorded a .280/.354/.530 batting line with 31 home runs and 86 RBIs for the Mets in 2016.