Well, there goes that idea. According to George A. King III of the NY Post the Yankees were not impressed by Aledmys Diaz during his private workout and won’t offer him a contract. This came as a surprise because most reports in recent days have dubbed the Yankees as the favorite to sign the Cuban shortstop.
Another reason this came as a surprise is that the Yankees need help at second base, third base, and shortstop and they lack young talent. The closest thing the Yankees have to a Major League-ready shortstop is Cito Culver, who is definitely not ready or for that matter, close.
One logical reason for this development is that he was incredibly bad in his workout. Though they are in desperate need of infield help.
Another potential reason for this change of heart is the price-tag. This seems like the most likely reason of all of them. Diaz was rumored to be asking for $20-$30 million and maybe the Yankees feel that they could get a similar player for a lower price.
The most far-fetched possibility is that they see Stephen Drew as a potential fit, but not likely.
Other teams rumored to be interested are the A’s, Giants, Cardinals, and Braves.