Report: Yankees will not pursue Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields, Pablo Sandoval

Ryan Hannable
November 04, 2014 - 5:59 am

It's no secret the Red Sox will be very active this offseason in their pursuit of free agents. Usually the Yankees are as well, but according to a N.Y. Daily News report, the Yankees have no plans to target four free agents the Red Sox could be potentially going after -- Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields and Pablo Sandoval. The report says the Yankees are interested in bringing back two of their own free agents in pitcher Brandon McCarthy and third baseman Chase Headley. Since they were traded to the Yankees during the season both players cannot be offered a qualifying offer. McCarthy went 7-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 14 starts after being traded to the Yankees from the Diamondbacks, while Headley hit .262 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 58 games after coming over from San Diego. The reason why the Yankees might be shying away from those four big-names is the $450 million the team spent on Masahiro Tanaka, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury as free agents last offseason. For more Red Sox news, check out