Monday, November 28, 2011
Question of the Day: Is this all there is?
By Andrew Marchand
Let's start this conversation here:
As one of the insiders who talks to insiders, I, too, have been told that the Yankees might just sign Freddy Garcia and not do much else this offseason. This is what is emanating out of the Bronx.
Now, Yankees GM Brian Cashman's history shows that he likes to lower expectations, if he can. In cases, like last year with Cliff Lee, when it is so obvious, he shows some of his cards. But when the Yankees signed Mark Teixeira during green winter of 2008-2009, insiders suggested early that the Yankees weren't going to be players for Teixeira. And, then, boom.
That brings us to today. Unless the Yankees trade Nick Swisher, it is hard to see where they add to the offense. Maybe Yoenis Cespedes could be signed as the Yankees look toward Swisher's free agency after this year.
On the pitching side, the Yankees don't really like the prices vs. talent of any of the starters. Could they make a huge splash with Yu Darvish? That seems possible, even with their Kei Igawa experience. There is almost no way they are signing C.J. Wilson. Mark Buehrle may be better suited for the National League, in their opinion. Edwin Jackson is no better than what they have. Roy Oswalt has a back issue that concerns them. Hiroki Kuroda likes life in Los Angeles or Japan.
But with all that said, I have a question for you: Do you still believe the Yankees will make a major move this offseason?