MLB Rumors: Yankees "Put Off" By Free Agent's Asking Price

The New York Yankees are putting it out there that they're happy to go with their in-house options for left field, such as Aaron Hicks or Owaldo Cabrera. But according to a new report, that could just be because they're balking at the price of the top remaining free agent left fielder.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today:

The Yankees still would like to bring in another outfielder, but continue to be put off by free agent Jurickson Profar’s asking price. Profar opted out of his contract with the Padres that would have paid him $7.5 million, which he is having trouble achieving on the free-agent market. 

The Baltimore Orioles have also expressed interest in the 29-year-old Profar. 

After nine years in the majors, Profar has settled in as a left fielder, after an early-career super-utility role. He was an above-average hitter last year with the San Diego Padres, finishing with 15 HR, 82 runs, a .723 OPS and an OPS+ of 111.  

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