Shortly after we hear that the Yankees are thinking of increasing payroll, we find out that they are still talking with free agents Hiroki Kuroda, Edwin Jackson, and Roy Oswalt, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
This makes sense as they have talked all offseaosn of wanting to improve their rotation. They seem to have waited out all of the big deals and now will probably choose between these three and whomever is willing to accept the shortest/cheapest contract.
Kuroda still seems the most likely as he can be had on a one year deal, but Jackson has been one of the more solid, young pitchers over the past couple of years. So in the longterm it may be best that they go after him. Unlike Kuroda, he has pitched in the AL before too, making him less of a question mark in that respect.
Oswalt has been somebody they have been mostly cool on all offseason because of his back issues. However, he remains another intriguing option because he is willing to accept a one-year deal. He comes with the same concerns as Kuroda, as he has never pitched in the AL before. Still, Kuroda has been said to expect a deal in the $12-$14 million range so it is possible that Oswalt is the cheaper alternative.
If the Yankees are serious about improving their rotation, these three probably represent their best chance to do so this offseason without giving up a ton of prospects in a trade. The fact that they are still talking to all three makes me feel like a deal for one of them is inevitable.