Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has played down his interest in top free agent starter C.J. Wilson so far this offseason, but that won’t stop him from reaching out and making contact with the lefty, according to Dan Martin of the NY Post.
“We haven’t talked to him yet, but we will,” Cashman said in the Post. “They have won a lot and he’s been a big part of that, so we’ll certainly talk to him.”
This isn’t necessarily a sign that the Yankees are going after him. Wilson is the best pitcher on the free agent market (a relative term that doesn’t mean a whole lot), Cashman admitted as much yesterday. So the prudent thing to do is at least keep in contact with him and see how the market develops.
The Yankees aren’t likely interested in him on an $80-$100 million contract, but what if he falls into the $40-$60 million range? That is unlikely due to the scarcity in this market, but if it did happen, then that would probably change things for the Bombers. Cashman knows that and he needs to be prepared.