“I know it’s getting late, but we’re still looking,” GM Brian Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. “We’re open for business, but we’re not going to do something just to do something. If we have to, we’ll go to Tampa with what we’ve got.”
With no catchers available on the free agent market or trade block it looks like they will indeed start the season with Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli behind the plate. There are DH options available, like Jim Thome or Travis Hafner, but they don’t seem excited by the prospect of either player.
The only other player that is out there that they have expressed real interest in is outfielder Scott Hairston. Hairston has been rumored to be looking for a multi-year deal all offseason and hasn’t gotten one, even from his preferred destination the New York Mets. Supposedly he last asked for a two-year, $8 million pact from the Mets, but they countered with a one-year, $2 million offer and there hasn’t been much that has happened since then. The two teams and Hairston are basically playing chicken at this point and based on the Yankees frugal ways this offseason don’t expect them to blink first.
Other than that don’t expect much from the Yankees. They could still “bottom feed” for rotation depth, although the options aren’t the type of players to get excited about. David Phelps may be a better option than anyone they could sign. They could still also add a utility infielder, but recently they seem set on going with Eduardo Nunez in that role with Jayson Nix stashed in the minors as backup.