The Yankees have played down their interest in free agent starter C.J. Wilson so far this offseason, but they have already met with his agent once and have invited him to New York to meet with them again.
Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber, spoke with Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger and praised the Yankees “aggressiveness” when he confirmed that Wilson has been invited to meet with the front office in the Bronx.
“I told him where we were at, they understood, and want us to come out,” Garber told Carig. “I think it’s a good fit. We have a lot of teams we have to narrow down. I think the Yankees are a team that we’ve narrowed down as a team we want to spend a little time with…
“I think it was very productive and who wouldn’t really want a pitcher who has been to the last two World Series?” Garber said. “I think Brian is in a situation where he doesn’t want what happened to Cliff Lee to happen again.”
Cashman has played it cool when discussing Wilson this offseason. This could be just him doing due diligence, however the interest is likely real. The catch on figuring out how far the Yankees are willing to go to sign him. A lot of people have predicted a contract somewhere near A.J. Burnett‘s five-year $82 million deal. If that is what it takes, the Yankees may drop out of the bidding.