The Yankees have their ace, which is good for them, because this free agent market doesn’t offer a no-doubt No. 1 starter. The Yankees need rotation depth — maybe a upgrade at No. 2 and a veteran alternative to round out the group — which is good, because this free agent market has a handful of those sort of pitchers.
In a way, this market works well for the Yankees. It doesn’t offer much, but it has pieces that fit the Yankees needs. Of course, a thin market has its downside. In writing about Mark Buehrle this morning, George King quoted an AL executive talking about the thin crop of free agent pitchers.
“They are in the right time in the right place,’’ the AL exec said. “What’s behind them isn’t much.’’
Brian Cashman always checks in with everyone, and he’s doing that now. Guys like Buehrle and Edwin Jackson — who fit just behind C.J. Wilson in the perceived pecking order — appear to be affordable options who could round out the rotation and add some depth should Ivan Nova stumble in his second year, or Phil Hughes get hurt again, or A.J. Burnett give the Yankees more of the same frustrations.
But in a world of supply and demand, does the limited supply mean the Yankees might have to overpay for these “affordable” rotation options?
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