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Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees maintain interest in free agent second baseman, but they believe his current asking price is too high.
Infante is said to be asking for four years and $40 million, so the Yankees will wait things out for now. The Royals are the other known team with interest at this time.
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An insider source told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that the Yankees have no intention of giving a four-year contract to free agent Omar Infante.
Which suggests that the Royals are the current favorite to land the 31-year-old second baseman. Unless, of course, this is just a negotiating tactic by the New York front office. Infante batted .318/.345/.450 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI in 118 games this past season for the Tigers. He reportedly wants $8 million per year.
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FOX Sports' Jon Morosi says the Royals and "two other teams" are actively negotiating with Omar Infante.
It's a safe assumption that one of those "other" clubs is the Yankees, who are still looking to replace Robinson Cano. Infante batted .318/.345/.450 with 10 homers and 51 RBI in 118 games this past season with the Tigers. The 31-year-old second baseman is thought to be seeking a long-term deal worth $8 million per season.
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ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Omar Infante is said to be asking for $8 million per season on a long-term deal.
Infante could come close to getting his wish after batting .318/.345/.450 with 10 homers and 51 RBI this past season with the Tigers. The Royals and Yankees have been mentioned as possible landing spots in recent days.
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Royals general manager Dayton Moore downplayed the club's potential interest in Omar Infante when asked Monday.
"I'd just say we're very pleased with the way Emilio (Bonifacio) played for us last year," Moore said. Moore's comments come on the heels of a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that says the club "won't go nuts" for Infante and would be happy going into 2014 with Bonifacio at second base.
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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says that while the Royals are still talking to free agent infielder Omar Infante, they "won't go nuts" for him.
Rosenthal clarifies, writing that Kansas City could call on utilityman Emilio Bonifacio until prospect Christian Colon is ready. While the Royals would like to have a capable second baseman, it appears that they have enough discipline not to get involved in a bidding war that could have them offering three or four years to Infante, who turns 32 later this month.
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are interested in Omar Infante.
Heyman notes, however, that it will be an "uphill battle" for the Royals because there's a "strong market" for Infante and Kansas City has a limited budget. The Yankees, for one, are interested in Infante as they look for someone to replace Robinson Cano. Infante batted .318/.345/.450 with 10 homers and 51 RBI for the Tigers in 2013.
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Andrew Marchand of ESPN believes that Omar Infante is a logical choice to end up with the Yankees after Robinson Cano's departure.
Infante already received a contract offer from the Yankees earlier in the offseason, but indicated he didn't want to sign with the team unless he was assured he would play everyday. Now with a gaping hole at second base, Infante stands as the finest option on the free agent market, and would also provide insurance at third base if the suspension of Alex Rodriguez holds up.
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FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Yankees have made a contract offer to Omar Infante.
Morosi notes, though, that Infante has multiple offers, and other teams are "more serious" than the Yankees. In other words, the Yankees are likely viewing him more as infield insurance due to his versatility rather than as a possible replacement for Robinson Cano. Morosi adds that the Yanks have also presented offers to Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Beltran.
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Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York hears that Omar Infante appeals to the Yankees because of his versatility.
The feeling is that Infante could be an option even if the club is able to retain Robinson Cano, as he could play third base in place of Alex Rodriguez and serve as additional insurance for Derek Jeter at shortstop. The soon-to-be 32-year-old also has experience in the outfield. Infante may end up finding a more appealing opportunity elsewhere, but Marchand is told that the Yankees are "still very much engaged" in talks with his agent.