Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the Rafael Soriano deal that Scott Boras got the Yankees to sign by going around Brian Cashman to Randy Levine as Cashman had made it clear he wasn’t interested in signing his client.
The Yankees like Jackson, but because they are trying to get payroll under $189 million by 2014 they have been resistant to meet his demands. Those demands vary depending on who you hear it from, anywhere from $12 to $17 million over four or five years. If Jackson lowered his demands to a one or two year deal then there certainly is a real chance a deal could be worked out.
Ryan Madson is another Boras client who recently signed a one-year under market deal so perhaps Boras would be willing to work out something similar. If he doesn’t budge, on demands though it seems hard to imagine that the Yankees won’t just turn to Hiroki Kuroda.