The Yankees have been in contact with most of the big name free agent starters so far this offseason, but we are hearing that they don’t like the prices on C.J. Wilson and Edwin Jackson and are planning to wait to see if their demands drop, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
This goes along with what we’ve been hearing this offseason. The Yankees are interested in the free agent starters, but on their own terms. The reason for this is likely due to payroll constraints, they already near $200 million after re-signing CC Sabathia, and they likely don’t want to block many of the young starters they have in the minors.
Still, the Yankees need pitching. No matter what Brian Cashman said, there is no way he will be comfortable with both A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes in the rotation. So they will continue to monitor the free agent process and when a guy is ready to sign, if they like what he is willing to sign for they will grab him. Otherwise, it’s sayonara.