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.