Sure we’ve heard rumors that they have been talking to Bill Hall and are interested in Raul Ibanez, but pitchers and catchers report in less than three weeks and nothing has been done to fill those spots yet.
So what are the Yankees waiting for? Well they would prefer to fill those positions through a trade rather than signing players as free agents. Specifically they would like to trade A.J. Burnett, who is owed $33 million over the next two seasons. However, it doesn’t appear that is likely to happen.
Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com spoke with an MLB GM this week that outlined a number of problems that the Yankees face in trying to deal him right now.
Essentially they are all things we’ve talked about. People don’t trust A.J., even if the Yankees eat a good portion of his salary. The GM also pointed out that there were, and probably still are, options available on the free agent market if a team were desperate for pitching.
This is all stuff we’ve heard before. If the Yankees are going to have a hope in dealing him it probably won’t be until spring training when injuries start hurting rotations. They may even have to wait until the trade deadline in July if they can move him at all.