Thirteen Yankees can become free agents
Thirteen Yankees are eligible to become free agents Tuesday, according to the official list released Thursday afternoon by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
There are 147 players on the list. The eligible Yankees: Robinson Cano, Joba Chamberlain, Curtis Granderson, Travis Hafner, Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda, Boone Logan, Lyle Overbay, Andy Pettitte, Mark Reynolds, Mariano Rivera, Brendan Ryan and Kevin Youkilis. Rivera and Pettitte have announced their retirements.
The MLBPA in error had Pedro Feliciano on the Yankees' list. Feliciano signed a minor-league deal with the Mets last year after getting $8 million from the Yankees from 2011-12 without throwing a pitch because of an injured left shoulder.
Chamberlain, Hafner, Hughes, and Youkilis have almost as good a chance of wearing pinstripes in 2014 as Feliciano does.
Cano, of course, is priority No. 1 on the Yankees' list. He is likely to be extended a qualifying offer -- $14.1 million this year -- as are Granderson and Kuroda. Making a qualifying offer assures a team of a compensatory draft pick if the player signs elsewhere.
There is no chance that Cano will accept the qualifying offer. He'll explore the market -- sources have said his representatives initially asked the Yankees for $300 million, though Cano denied it -- but Kuroda and Granderson might at least consider it.
The Yankees would like Logan back, but his success as a lefty reliever probably puts him out of their price range. There is significant interest in retaining Ryan, acquired late in the season from the Mariners, because of the questions surrounding Derek Jeter, who missed most of last season to injury.