Think back. Think way back. Think all the way back to … six or seven days ago.
When everyone knew the Yankees were in the market for a starting pitcher, the starting pitcher market was developing slowly. The biggest names on the board signed in early December, but as of a week ago, guys like Edwin Jackson, Roy Oswalt and — of course — Hiroki Kuroda were still available.
Now the Yankees are in the market for a designated hitter, and wouldn’t you know it, the DH market is developing slowly. Up in Detroit, where the Tigers suddenly need to replace Victor Martinez, there seems to be no rush to make a signing.
“Opening Day is not until April 5, so we’ve got plenty of time to deal with the situation,” Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said. “We don’t have to rush out there and make a move immediately. Sometimes you’ve got to digest things and take a look at all of your different alternatives.”
Just a few days ago, Ken Davidoff reported that various DH candidates contacted the Yankees after the Jesus Montero trade, and the Yankees were almost immediately linked to Carlos Pena, Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui. There are plenty of candidates out there, but the nature of the job — literally any hitter can do it — and the Yankees desire to limit spending, might keep the team from moving quickly to fill the void. We spent months waiting for a pitcher. Now we wait for a hitter.
And if you missed it, Jorge Posada made it clear yesterday and the Montero trade did not change his situation. At Derek Jeter’s charity event, Posada said he didn’t have it in him to play another season. He’s still set on retirement.