New York Yankees: C.J. Wilson

To me, Brian Cashman is right. You can't do something just to do something. You look at someone like C.J. Wilson and it just screams as if for $80 million or $100 million it will be a "stupid" move.

If the Yankees are truly going to try and push their payroll beneath $189 million, then they have to be smart in what moves they make. Overreacting leads to silly moves that handcuff you in later years.

The Yankees have to bide their time and wait for a King Felix or someone of that ilk shakes free. If they can acquire a Jon Danks using their more middling prospects, then it is worth it. But for major pieces, he is not worth it. Patience is what will lead to smart moves.

No visit for C.J. Wilson

December, 1, 2011
As we have reported on this site for weeks (months?), the Yankees are not that hot for C.J. Wilson. In fact, even though, his agent requested a trip to the Bronx, the Yankees said no.

So I'd put the chances of Wilson becoming a Yankee at less than five percent.

Question of the Day: Is this all there is?

November, 28, 2011
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?

Cashman calls C.J. Wilson's agent

November, 6, 2011
Saying he's "just starting the process," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reached out to the agent for C.J. Wilson on Saturday.

Cashman described the call as part of a "slow process" and said he's "reaching out to all agents" representing players on the market. The general manager said no offer was made to Wilson's agent, Bob Garber.

Wilson, 30, is considered the No. 1 major league free agent pitcher on the market. The left-hander went 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA this past season, though he struggled at times in the postseason.

Wilson's agent told ESPNNewYork's Andrew Marchand on Friday that Wilson and his gregarious personality would "thrive" in New York.

"He is one of those guys, who would fit in there very well," Garber said. "He would fit in most places pretty well. New York, I think he would thrive in a city like that.

"His No. 1 priority is that he wants to play for a winning team. The Yankees have as good or better a reputation of that than anybody. It is very early in the process. We’re just waiting and sitting back to see how it plays out."

Check back shortly for a full news story.

Name to Consider: Roy Oswalt

October, 25, 2011
With the Phillies declining the option of Roy Oswalt, he is a free agent and someone the Yankees will have to consider.

Oswalt is 34 and often, but not chronically, injured. He could be a good fit on a one- or two-year contract.

Last season, he went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA for the Phillies. He pitched nearly 140 innings.

In 2010, the Yankees had talks with the Astros about trading for Oswalt, but GM Ed Wade dealt Oswalt to the Phillies. During the stretch run, Oswalt went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA.

Oswalt is 159-93 with a 3.21 ERA for his career. He is 5-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 13 postseason games (11 starts).

Here is the question: If you started the playoffs next year, whom would you rather have after CC Sabathia --- Oswalt or C.J. Wilson?

Oswalt is cheaper and probably better.

Thames right on time for Yanks

October, 10, 2010
Marcus Thames said things came “full-circle” for him on Saturday night.

The Yankees drafted a 19-year-old Thames in 1996. Fifteen seasons and three teams later, Thames contributed to the team that drafted him in a big way with a home run in the Yankees’ ALDS-clinching win over the Twins.

“It feels great,” a champagne-soaked Thames said in the Yankees’ locker room. “We’re doing what we set out to do.”

Thames drilled a first-pitch fastball from Twins starter Brian Duensing over the wall in the bottom of the fourth to put the Yankees up, 4-0. The two-run shot scored Robinson Cano and proved to be the difference in the Yankees’ 6-1 win.

Thames and Lance Berkman have platooned at designated hitter in the playoffs with Thames in the lineup against lefties.

He went hitless in three at-bats in Game 1 and finished 2 for 4 in Game 3.

Thames will be a key factor if the Yankees face the Rangers in the ALCS as Texas features two left-handed starters in Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson.

But Thames wasn’t concerned about Texas on Saturday night.

He just wanted to soak in the Yankees’ series-clinching win. He’d watched the Bombers celebrate title after title while playing in the team’s minor league system. So Thames said it was satisfying to finally see it first-hand.

“As a youngster coming up in the system, you watch those guys and you want to get a taste of it,” Thames said. “It feels great.”



Jacoby Ellsbury
.271 16 70 71
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146