Tomorrow is the day of the Rafael Soriano deal. Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the day we woke up believing the Yankees were absolutely not going to sign Soriano — something we believed because Brian Cashman himself said so — and went to bed with the Soriano deal done.
It’s convenient timing, then, that last night we learned of Hal Steinbrenner’s meeting with Scott Boras, the agent for both Soriano and current free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson. My ever diligent friend Marc Carig reports that it was Boras who requested the meeting.
Does Boras sense a chance to pull off the same trick twice? Does he believe Cashman’s winter patience is not shared by ownership? Does last year’s Soriano deal stand as a cautionary tale for the Yankees, or is it persistent proof that — with this team — anything can happen?
Jackson is a starting pitcher, and the Yankees are in the market for exactly that. It’s easy to see the potential match. It’s also easy to see that Jackson seems to be looking for a hefty, long-term deal, and the Yankees seem to be avoiding those sort of contract.
Based on everything the Yankees have done this winter — or more precisely, everything the Yankees have not done this winter — Jackson seems out of the question. But Boras is a smart agent, and the Yankees are a powerful franchise, every so often history has a way of repeating itself.
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