The Yankees are not going after C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle because they do not like the costs especially in 2014.
To understand the Yankees’ current thinking, you must understand that no team stands to lose or gain more from the newly agreed upon collective bargaining agreement.
...This would mean the only big shot the Yankees fire this offseason already has occurred, with their CC Sabathia retention/extension. It also means they will be bystanders as organizations such as the Marlins and Blue Jays dominate the Winter Meetings, which begin tomorrow.
“We get the eye roll when we tell teams or agents or the media [that the Yankees have financial parameters],” one team official said. They don’t have to believe us. They will see with our actions.
...Thus, the Yankees will be looking particularly for starters who are relatively cost effective and do not have commitments beyond 2013. For example, the White Sox’s John Danks is a free agent after this season and the Cubs’ Matt Garza is a free agent after the 2013 campaign. But, for now, those teams’ asking prices are too large for the Yankees, especially because they do value their cost-effective prospects more than ever as they keep their eye on the $189-million-or-less goal for 2014.
This is why when pushed on Yankees expectations for the Winter Meetings, one team executive said: “I don’t think we’ll do anything.”
Posted: December 04, 2011 at 04:53 PM | 23 comment(s)
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