The Yankees have not been shy about being quiet, and look to stay that way because the team is already pretty good.
Not that the Yankees are devoid of need, but they are nowhere near desperate enough to pursue a starting pitcher that is not of Cliff Lee-type caliber.
The Yankees would be more serious about Texas Rangers pitcher CJ Wilson, if his demands were not outrageous. Wilson reportedly wants something around 6-years at $100-120+ million, which is mind-boggling.
Look the Yankees have no problem with excessive spending but to fork over ace-type money for a middle of the rotation arm would be stupid. Wilson is more likely to get that from the Marlins or Nationals, who both seem to have retained the Yankees off-season shopping habits.
One move that Cashman should make this week is to resign 10-time Gold Glover Andruw Jones. Jones was a perfect fit in 2011 as a sub for Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson, as well as filling in at DH.
Jones is a right-handed hitter who can rake against lefty pitching. As a Yankee, Jones had 152 at-bats vs. lefties; he hit eight doubles, 12 homers, 31 RBIs and drew 22 walks.
When Jones started games the Yankees, as a team went 39-19; and when Jones made a cameo the team finished 52-25.
Jones did play all season with fluid in his knee, but according to Marc Carig at the Star-Ledger it has been “cleaned-up” as Jones had it drained straightaway after the season.
Even though Cashman stated early today to ESPN New York that these meetings are really to discuss “higher end type” stuff, and he did state why:
Well, the new rumors flying around is that the party boys in Boston are interested stealing Jones. Cashman might reconsider playing the waiting game for too long; or else the Red Sox’s might get their grimy beer paws all over him.
The Red Sox supposedly want to use Jones in a more everyday role in the outfield, which could be more appealing than coming off the bench in the Bronx.
According to a tweet from CBS’s Jon Heyman, Jones thrived in the Yankees clubhouse, which I would think makes him more appealing
to the Red Sox.
Also, ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald said “the Red Sox could go the subtle route” by acquiring Jones, and after last off-seasons spending spree you now Boston will try to go cheap where they can.
One other possible source behind these Red Sox and Jones rumors could be from the infamous Scott Boras, who reps Jones.
Boras is notorious for getting bullshit to spread like it came from the White House with the intention to drive up prices for his clients, which is exactly why so many players hire him. Boras’s tactics can backfire, but with Jones is no longer a prime free agent target, the media is less likely to dig for a story, as they would rather wait around for A-rod to pick his nose.
Regardless, I don’t think letting Jones go to Boston is a good idea at all.
I have no idea what Cashman has up his sleeve that is holding him up from getting Jones out-of-the-way quickly.
Could a trade be in the works? That is the only logical reason, as when the Yankees have interest in a free agent player, it is pretty hard to keep it hush-hush because it generates the person a lot of buzz.
My question is unless the Mariners are all of sudden going to make nice-nice and trade King Felix to the Yankees, why not bump Jones up the priority ladder?
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