Similar to last offseason, the Yankees plan on making starting pitching and left handed relief their main priorities this offseason, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
Unfortunately for the Yankees there are no bona fide free agent starters available, with Texas’ C.J. Wilson as probably the best pitcher available. After Wilson the Yankees would probably look at Mark Buehrle, Rich Harden, Edwin Jackson, and maybe Roy Oswald if he and the Phillies don’t exercise their mutual option. Not a whole lot to like.
As far as lefty relievers go, there isn’t a whole lot to like their either. They could target Mike Gonzalez or Jeremy Affeldt, possibly go after one of the old fogies, Darren Oliver and Arthur Rhodes.
The free agent market may not be the best place to turn to for the Yankees to bolster these positions. Instead they could look to the trade market that probably won’t begin to fully develop until the Winter Meetings this December.