("Gosh. This free agent pitching market is sooooo boring." Courtesy of John O'Boyle/The Star-Ledger)
(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
It's been a somewhat quiet first 2 days at the Winter Meetings for the Yankees, at least compared to last week. Many of Cash's comments to the media yesterday were indicative of a team still trying to figure out its strategy for this week, trying to identify the best opportunity to upgrade the roster. The bulk of the early buzz has been around next year's outfield: who's playing where, who's not playing where, who's on the trade block, and who's not. There's also been a little talk about the open infield spots and the players currently on the radar as free agent targets, most notably Omar Infante and Mark Reynolds.
What there hasn't been is much activity on the rotation front. The Yankees locked up what they hope will be half of the 400 innings they're looking for when they re-signed Hiroki Kuroda last Friday, and one of the major goals of this week was thought to be securing that other half. Cash said yesterday that signing another pitcher would be easier than trading for one and he's right. The Yanks have much more to offer by way of dollars than they do prospects. But they don't seem to be all that interested in any of the top free agent starters, and even if they did have pieces to trade there are red flags attached to almost every conceivable trade target. So where do the Yankees go for the rotation help they need? Because right now they're sort of stuck in no man's land.