Heyman also confirmed that the $189 million payroll goal by 2014 severely limits their chances of going after Hamels, but notes that the Yankees do like Garza from his days in the AL East. A notion that also backs up the idea that they view Ryan Dempster as an NL-pitcher who might not have an easy transition to the AL.
Not only does Garza have solid AL East experience, but he’s the only one of the four pitchers that isn’t a free agent this offseason. Considering the new CBA blocks teams from being able to receive compensation picks for players they trade for at the deadline this is a big deal.
Still, the Yankees have a solid rotation that will be six-players deep once Andy Pettitte returns. So unless the right deal falls into their lap, which is extremely unlikely, it doesn’t sound like they will make a big play for a starting pitcher over the next two weeks. At this point even Garza seems like a long shot.