Rumor: Yankees Turn Down Meeting with C.J. Wilson

The Yankees met with the agent for C.J. Wilson back in the middle of November and they left with both sides looking to meet again before the Winter Meetings.

Now it looks like the Yankees have lost interest in what Wilson’s agent has to say and has turned down his request to meet with the team again, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York.

Wilson’s agent, Bob Gerber, is shopping his client as an ace and are rumored to be looking for a six-year $120 million deal. The Yankees would probably still like him at the right price, but they view him as more of a No. 2 or 3 starter and will not come close to an offer like that.

So they are playing a little hard ball. Why bother meeting with the guy if they know he isn’t going to say anything they are interested in hearing anyway? Gerber has also played up the Yankees interest in Wilson, likely to drive up the price tag, and it is possible that they don’t want to be played just to drive up the market. By nixing the meeting and leaking that info to reporters the Yankees are sending a message that they are not interested.

Even despite this rumor, I wouldn’t be shocked if Brian Cashman met with Gerber at the Winter Meetings next week anyway.

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8 Responses to Rumor: Yankees Turn Down Meeting with C.J. Wilson

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    I agree that $120 mil is too much for Wilson, but I really want to see some action out of this GM's meeting. The team has a few, very basic needs: 1) to get younger. All veteran teams find time to be their biggest adversary. over the last few years we've seen the NYY add Cano, Gardner, Nova, Chamberlain, Robertson, Nunez. This needs to continue. 2) the starting pitching is a joke. Now one spot can be filled from spring training (see #1), but another has to be filled through a trade or a free agent signing, and this has to a #2 starter. Dumpster diving is fine for the back of the rotation, but for the front you've actually got to remember you're the GM of the NYY and not the Pirates and start acting like it. Trade or sign. there is 3rd way. 3) get a lefty reliever, for this team not to have one is pathetic.

    • Tanned Tom says:

      Cashman needs to pull off a major deal, since he is clearly not into the free agents. If there is any interest in Burnett at all he needs to trade him, that signing did not work out. The deal that satisfies all 3 above needs: Burnett, Hughes, Romine, Warren or Phelps, Nunez to Cubs for Garza, Zambrano, S. Marshall. This would be very close to salary neutral, improve the starting rotation at 2 spots, and add a lefty reliever. You hate to trade so many young players in one deal (4) but Garza is a legit #2 starter, and after shedding Burnett you can afford to just cut Zambrano if he doesn't work out.

  2. John says:

    Too much for Wilson. I wouldnt pay him above the AJ 5yrs 82.5mil. Thats just me though.
    Its going to be interesting to see what happens this week. I have a feeling we get another starter and push Freddy to long man-Aceves-role.

    • Bronx_Knight says:

      FWIW, Freddy has made it crystal clear that he only wants to be a starter, not a reliever. Plus at this point if we get another starter, I'm not sure that it wouldn't be Phil Hughes who got pushed back to the pen, not Freddy. Or even AJ — I don't see how it helps us to have a guy pitch 180 innings of 5+ ERA ball. Any rookie would be better.

  3. Kenny J says:

    I commend Brian Cashman for sticking to his guns. Why meet with Wilson's agent and then possibly use that as leverage to raise the price for Wilson's services. Stick to your plan Brian and get a good pitcher at the right price or continue to build through our farm system.

  4. Cyril Morley says:

    All talk and no action, signing international player and never hear about them again. Yankee need a make over, before no can walk Ticket are high and bleach seat are up, please don,t price us out.
    Look at a few trade.
    A J Burnett P to Mets for Johan Santana P, Fraancisco Cervelli – c to K.C.Royals for Michael Montgomery-p, David Pleps-p to B.Orieoles for Brain Matusz-p, Ramiro Pena-ss to C.Indains for Tony Sipps-p, Eduardo Nunez-ss to A.Braves for Steven Kent-p & Arodys Vizcaino-p, Nick Swicher-rf to C.Reds for Aroldis Champan-p & minor league player.
    Low cost pitcher. Scott Kazmir-p, Joel Zumaya-p, waldis Joaquin-p, Rich Hardan-p, Taylor Tankersley-p, Mike Gonzalez-p and Scott Mathieson-p.

    • Mike Sommer says:

      Why in the world would those other teams agree to those deals? Burnett for Johan? Even the Mets aren't THAT stupid.