The agent of two of the biggest free agent pitchers on the market, C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt, has told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that his clients are both interested in pitching for the Yankees.
Yeah, right. They are interested in the Yankees money is more like it.
Here’s the deal. The Yankees are in the market for pitching and these two pitchers are in the market for the most money they can get. So they are trying to draw the Yankees attention because even if they don’t ultimately come to the Bronx, having the Bombers involved in the bidding can only drive their eventual salaries up.
There has already been a rumor out there that the Yankees aren’t interested in Oswalt, who has two degenerative discs in his back. Considering they dumped Alfredo Aceves for some lingering back problems makes me believe that they are afraid of back injuries.
Wilson, however, has been a different story. The Yankees have let on that they are not interested, and that’s probably true, but at least a small part of me wonders if this is Brian Cashman going into Ninja Mode. Meaning, that he will wait until the last minute and then come in with an offer.
That probably won’t happen. The Yankees will certainly kick the tires on all of the top free agent pitchers, but it seems like if they are going to upgrade their rotation it will be through a trade and not a free agent signing.