Free agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins is seeking a three-year deal, according to multiple reports.
However, Ken Davidoff of the NY Post wrote earlier this week that Blevins and other relievers who are still on the market could potentially take a one or two-year deal.
Blevins, 33, had a 2.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 52 batters in 42 innings (73 appearances) for the Mets in 2016, while holding left-handers to a .229/.295/.331 line.
He earned $5 million last season.
If the Yankees decide that Tommy Layne is not suitable for their left-handed middle relief role, they might look Blevins' way.
Blevins, who had a quality season in 2016, does fit the Yankees recent desire to have relievers on the roster who can retire batters from both sides of the plate (.611 OPS against right-handed hitters and .633 OPS against left-handed hitters in 2016).
The issue for the Yankees might be Blevins' ability to seek a deal similar to the one the Rockies agreed to with southpaw Mike Dunn. Dunn, arguably a step below Blevins in quality, signed a three-year, $19 million deal last month with a club option for a fourth season. I'm not a believer in three-year deals for left-handed middle relievers -- especially those entering their age-33 season.
The Yankees might not get exactly the same production out of Layne, but there is no commitment beyond this season with him and that says something when the organization has a handful of talented young lefties they can turn to in 2017 or beyond.
Despite Blevins fitting the performance mold, I do not see the Yankees making a commitment resembling Dunn's when they have in-house options.