Time to start another week with the Yankees still needing to find the final pieces of their roster. A quick list of priorities:
If not Pettitte, then someone who can legitimately help the rotation for next season. Starting pitching has been the priority all winter, and that hasn’t changed. It does, however, become significantly more difficult if Pettitte decides he’s finished.
I actually like the idea of Andruw Jones for the Yankees. They need a right-handed hitter who makes some noise against lefties and can play a solid right or left field. Jones fits. He’s not what he use to be, but the Yankees don’t need him to be what he used to be.
Not a necessity, but there are enough relievers still on the market that the Yankees might as well go after one of them. If the Rays want Brian Fuentes, they can probably offer him a better opportunity than the Yankees. A guy like Jon Rauch, though, could play a role at the right price. Again, not a necessity, but this is what the market offers.
Even if the Yankees get Pettitte back, another arm to compete for a rotation spot in spring training couldn’t hurt. Jeremy Bonderman, Jeff Francis and Freddy Garcia have been linked to the Yankees this winter.
I’ve written several times that I don’t believe a utility man should be a priority this winter — I think it makes more sense to stick with the in-house options — but if an upgrade is available, the Yankees might as well look into the possibility. Consider it part of Brian Cashman’s wide net. Worth looking into. Might or might not be worth signing.