Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke with the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt over the weekend, expressing interest in both of his clients, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.
The Yankees aren’t expected to go hard after either free agent, but this does two things. The first is that it helps Cashman understand their market and would give him the opportunity to make an offer if he felt like their contract demands were in the right zone. It also will keep other teams, like the Red Sox, from getting either pitcher on the cheap.
Last week we heard from their agent, Bob Garber, as he expressed that both pitchers would be open to pitching in the Bronx next year. However we also heard that the Yankees are wary of Oswalt because of the two degenerative discs in his back.
Cashman has admitted that he views Wilson as the top free agent pitcher, but he seems like he’s only willing to make a deal if his contract demands are reasonable. He told Feinsand that unlike last offseason when the Yankees went hard after Cliff Lee, they aren’t targeting any free agents in a similar fashion.
These talks likely fall under the category of Cashman doing his due diligence and talking with every free agent. There is a reason he checks in with everyone though because you never know when there will be a match. Don’t expect much to come of these talks, but stranger things have happened.