It appears the free spending ways of the Yankees may be going the way of having snake on your cellphone. CBS Sports Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees aren’t targeting the Max Scherzer, James Shields and Jon Lester. They don’t want to give pitchers seven and eight year deals.
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The Yankees instead are targeting three other pitchers; two of which they had last year. The want to either re-sign Brandon McCarthy, Chris Capuano or add Jason Hammel as well as other “mid-tier” starters.
McCarthy went 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA after being acquired by the Yankees last year. In 12 starts for the Yankees, Capuano went 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA. Hammel between the Cubs and Oakland went 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA.
The Yankees could of course be playing games and really want any of the three pitchers. Or, they’ve decided after being burned by CC Sabathia‘s second deal as well other deals in the past, that they are looking to not go crazy in the free agent market.
If the Yankees get let’s say Hammel and McCarthy to go with Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda, if all healthy, is a pretty good rotation, with Shane Greene and David Phelps for depth. You also have Ivan Nova coming back from Tommy John as a bonus and the Yankees have some serious depth and we all know you can never have enough starting pitching.
The Yankees could of course be more focused on trying to spend more money on offense.
It’s early in the off-season, but the Yankees may not be making a huge splash in the off-season.