With the Thursday trade deadline fast approaching, the New York Yankees are looking to Minnesota's Josh Willingham for help in the outfield in the second half of the season, according to a report Sunday from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The Yankees are still looking at Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd or Alex Rios from the Rangers, but New York is said to be more interested in Willingham in part because he's the cheapest of the three options -- $7 million -- and is set to become a free agent after the year. By comparison, Rios is earning $12 million with a $2 million buyout of a $14 million team option while Byrd will make $8 million next year.
The 35-year-old Willingham, who missed 41 games earlier in the season due to a fractured wrist, is batting .215 with 10 home runs and a .777 OPS in 56 games.
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