There could be a few big name starting pitchers expected to be traded later this month – Matt Garza, Cole Hamels, and Zack Greinke, but according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Yankees aren’t expected to make a move on any of them.
Rosenthal says that the Yankees are wary that Greinke could pitch in New York and that they might only view Hamels as a rental due to their desire to reach a payroll of $189 million by 2014. Buster Olney of ESPN also confirmed that the Yankees are likely to sit out on the bidding for Hamels unless Philly’s asking price drops significantly.
That leaves Garza as the best fit of the three and the Yankees like him thanks in part to his experience in the AL East, but aren’t willing to meet the Cubs expensive price tag. Unlike both Greinke and Hamels though, Garza is under team control through 2013. That could play a role as to whether the Yankees ultimately bite the bullet.
Right now Rosenthal considers the Yankees in wait-and-see mode. They expect CC Sabathia back not long after the All-Star break, if not immediately after, and David Phelps and Freddy Garcia might be able to hold down the fort until Andy Pettitte comes back in September. So it makes sense that the Yankees will wait and see where they are toward the end of the month. If they do anything at all it seems like it might come right down to the deadline.