ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 04: Casey Kotchman #11 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a RBI single in the fourth inning score Sean Rodriguez #1 against the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 4, 2011 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
One name I have not heard mentioned by any of the top journalists out there, meaning that the Yankees have not had "rumored interest" in him, is Casey Kotchman.
Kotchman, a former highly touted prospect, played for the Tampa Bay Rays last season, and hit .306/.378/.422 in 146 games (563 PA) and was worth 2.8 WAR, more than Johnny Damon (1.5) and Matsui (0.3) combined.
One of the best defensive first basemen in the league, Kotchman could spell Mark Teixeira every once in a while, and play DH when he doesn't. The only snag in a possible Kotchman signing is his lack of defensive versatility, as he only plays first base, but looking at the market there are no solid "utility" DH candidates.
So, I ask, why no Kotchman for Cashman?