Before the Winter Meetings began, I speculated the Yankees would make one move by the time the four days in San Diego were up. Instead, the Yankees let David Robertson go to the Chicago White Sox and Brandon McCarthy go to the Los Angeles Dodgers without making either one of them an offer. It turns out, the Yankees not making any moves was planned on Brian Cashman’s part, but it raised many questions.
Cashman inquired the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Detroit Tigers about Rick Porcello and Wade Miley, both pitchers that were traded to the Boston Red Sox just after the Winter Meetings, but wasn’t comfortable with the asking price.
“Did I call Arizona? Yes,’’ Cashman told the New York Post. “Did I call Detroit? Yes. I didn’t have Cespedes to send to Detroit. We are waiting for something we are comfortable with.’’
However, just how comfortable are the Yankees with their rotation woes: CC Sabathia recently had knee surgery, Masahiro Tanaka has a small rip in his elbow, Ivan Nova isn’t expected to return to the rotation until June or July at the earliest and Michael Pineda, while extremely impressive, is an injury prone question mark.
Porcello and Miley weren’t the only players the Yankees let get away: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the Yankees called about Ervin Santana and appeared interested in his services. But Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish later reported the Yankees ceased their interest, allowing Santana and the Minnesota Twins to agree to a four-year deal. They called the Philadelphia Phillies about Jimmy Rollins and the Los Angeles Dodgers for Dee Gordon. The Phillies had a big asking price for Rollins, and Cashman was never able to get a deal done for Gordon.
With the Yankees going through offseason with a frugal approach, it’s pretty hard to imagine they would shell out the cash to pay for Max Scherzer. So what’s the current plan the Yankees have for the rotation?
David Phelps and Adam Warren are going to head into Spring Training to compete for a rotation spot. Shane Greene originally was supposed to be in the mix, but he was involved in the three-team trade that gave the Yankees Didi Gregorius. Instead, Bryan Mitchell will be in the mix for one of the rotation spots. As for the infield, the Yankees are hoping to sign Chase Headley to play third base for the 2015 season.