The perception that the Yankees don’t have enough October-worthy pitching is likely to linger all the way to the start of October. Let’s face it, Yankee fans won’t feel comfortable about the starting rotation until GM Brian Cashman finally lands King Felix.
...“I don’t care what Jack Zduriencik is saying right now,” one AL executive said Wednesday night. “I think he’ll listen to offers next winter. I know the kid says he wants to be in Seattle, but do you really think he’ll re-sign there if they’re not a contender?
“And, really, the decision for Jack will only be a year away after this season. Because he can’t afford to let Felix go into 2014 without an extension, or he’d either have to trade him at the deadline for less than his value or risk losing him for nothing.”
...If the Yankees could put together the right package, then there is the question of the $189 million payroll limit that Hal Steinbrenner wants to enforce by 2014 to avoid severe luxury-tax penalties. The opportunity to acquire King Felix would put that edict to the ultimate test.
No way could the Yankees add $20 million-plus a year for Hernandez and stay under $189 million, unless they were willing to let Robinson Cano or Curtis Granderson walk.
Passing on a chance to acquire King Felix would certainly be proof that these aren’t George Steinbrenner’s Yankees anymore.