Could the Yankees once again make a bigger-than-expected signing this offseason? It’s been almost exactly one year since they made a bold push for Rafael Soriano, and today Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees are at least considering an expanded budget.
The New York Yankees will determine in the next couple of weeks whether they will expand their current budget, and this, of course, will determine exactly who they might add for their pitching staff.
Brian Cashman has been preaching practicality this winter, and the team has already given raises to Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher, with more raises due to Russell Martin, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Dave Robertson and Brett Gardner. The Yankees have not appeared to be heavily involved in any of the market’s big name free agents.
Within the same set of notes, Olney writes that we’re entering a time of aggressive signings, when teams are getting a little more desperate to fill their openings, and free agents are getting a little more concerned about finding jobs.
“There are some good value buys out there,” one executive told Olney. “If you’ve got some extra cash, there are some good pitchers left.”