Yesterday we heard that the Yankees believed the price for starting pitcher C.J. Wilson was too high and it didn’t take long to find out why. Wilson is supposedly looking for a six-year deal worth $120 million, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
If that’s the asking price for Wilson than it’s easy to see why the Yankees wouldn’t like his price tag. That’s similar to what they offered Cliff Lee last offseason and Wilson is no where near the pitcher Lee is. This number will have to come down significantly for the Yankees to have a chance to sign him.
I expect Brian Cashman to respond by refraining from making an offer to Wilson until the last minute, if he makes an offer at all. This way he can wait and see how the market shakes out before determining if Wilson is worth it. For what it’s worth, Wilson’s agent, Bob Gerber, has asked Cashman for a meeting before the Winter Meetings in December, but Cash told reporters that he has no plans to meet with any agents when he spoke to reporters on Wednesday.