If you were hoping for Max Scherzer to don pinstripes for the New York Yankees, you might be a little disappointed because as of right now, Yankees GM Brian Cashman isn’t interested in paying $200 Million for the former Cy Young‘s services.
When asked by NBC’s Bruce Beck about Scherzer, Cashman said, “I think that’s a lot higher level than we’re willing to play in right now.
“I don’t think Yankee fans will be looking at Max Scherzer.”
Although it’s possible Cashman isn’t revealing his plans to the media, he does seem to be taking the frugal approach this offseason. He let David Robertson go to the Chicago White Sox on a four-year deal and Brandon McCarthy went to the Los Angeles Dodgers. While some of the former Yankees seemed to have gotten away, Cashman did say this: Chase Headley is interested in staying in the Bronx.
“Chase wants to be a Yankee.”
The burning question is whether the Yankees will be able to make a deal for Headley, especially after he had a four-year, $65 Million contract offer on the table from a mystery team. Headley is everything the Yankees are looking for at the moment, especially with so much uncertainty around Alex Rodriguez; it’s questionable on if he can play third after playing only approximately 40 games in the last two years.
The Yankees view Alex Rodriguez as a designated hitter than a third basemen and said, “We have to keep the bar low and hopefully he can surprise us.”
He also mentioned Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka‘s partial tear in his elbow is in the back of his mind and everyone has to lower their expectations of Dellin Betances should he be in the closer role in 2015.
“We have to probably set bat a little lower,” Cashman said, “But I think he’ll be astronomical for years to come.”