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Yankees contact the agent for Roy Oswalt, C.J. Wilson

Nov 5, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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The Yankees’ search for pitching is now underway.

According to beat writer Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees GM Brian Cashman placed a call Friday to agent Bob Garber, who represents two of this winter’s top available starters: right-hander Roy Oswalt and left-hander C.J Wilson.

The interest in Wilson comes as no surprise, but previous reports about Oswalt suggested that the Yankees were too frightened by his chronic back problems to make a legitimate run at the veteran righty. Maybe those reports were incorrect. Or maybe Cashman is simply covering all his bases. Either way, contact has been made.

“I’m in the process of talking with everybody,” Cashman told the Star-Ledger. “That’s the way the routine works. I’m not negotiating or offering anything to anybody right now.”

Oswalt, 34, posted a 3.69 ERA and 93/33 K/BB ratio in 139 innings this season for the Phillies. Wilson, 30, registered a 2.94 ERA and 206/74 K/BB ratio across 223 1/3 innings with the Rangers.

  1. thomas2727 - Nov 5, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Both of these pitchers perfectly fit the profile of pitchers that will be grossly overpaid by the Yankees. Yet come nowhere near performing to those contracts.

    See Burnett, Vazquez, Soriano etc

    • bigharold - Nov 6, 2011 at 12:59 AM

      That’s OK they make it up with guys like Nova and Garcia.

  2. btwicey - Nov 5, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Burnett and Vasquez werent half the pitchers these guys are.

    • baseballisboring - Nov 6, 2011 at 2:24 AM

      Vazquez was pretty damn good in his day…

  3. paperlions - Nov 5, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Is there anything to suggest that the Yankees do have interest in Oswalt? Because it is impossible for them to contact Wilson’s agent without also contacting Oswalt’s agent….both guys being the same person and all.

    I look forward to reports of teams contacting the agent for Prince Fielder and Willie Bloomquist. :-)

    • Ari Collins - Nov 5, 2011 at 10:16 PM

      Just what I was gonna say.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:14 AM

      good observation about the agent; I didn’t know that.

  4. brownsfn - Nov 5, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Sign both of em and call it a day Cashman…we WILL be winning the pennant this year…just saying…

    • Davidw7 - Nov 6, 2011 at 7:59 AM

      psst…The Rangers already won the pennant THIS year.

      Just saying..

    • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:15 AM

      the Browns?

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 5, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Look, if Oswalt will accept a 1-year deal for $5MM, I say take him. You never know unless you call, and Cashman would be a terrible GM if he didn’t explore every option.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 5, 2011 at 11:58 PM

      He isn’t going to accept a 1 year 5 million dollar deal. I mean, it wouldn’t hurt to ask but it just simply won’t happen.

      • protius - Nov 6, 2011 at 1:32 AM

        And you know this how?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM

        Common sense.

      • paperlions - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:16 AM

        …and the public statement by his agent that he is looking for a long-term deal

  6. uyf1950 - Nov 6, 2011 at 2:43 AM

    Like any GM it’s smart to keep the lines of communication open with agents of all players that might fill a need for your team. I’m pretty sure Cashman has an “unlimited” calling and texting plan for his cell phone so it doesn’t cost him anything to place a call here and there. Unlike last year where Cashman waited on Lee and his agent to the exclusion of everything else apparently he’s not willing to do that this year. Good for him.

    Contrary to the popular belief that the “meek shall inherit the earth” or “everything comes to he who waits” that just doesn’t cut it in baseball.

  7. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 6, 2011 at 7:15 AM

    Every decent GM will do hid due dilligence and contact numerous agents. I personally wonder why the Yanks dont call the Braves about Jurregans (spelling?) and Prado.

    • paperlions - Nov 6, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      They probably did and they probably found out that they don’t have (or aren’t willing to trade) the kinds of prospects the Braves are looking for in return…..just because a player is available for trade, doesn’t mean the asking price is reasonable.

  8. born466 - Nov 6, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    the yankees should sign, mark beurl’e, i think he’s a more solid pitcher than, cj wilson, and roy oswalt.

  9. mojosmagic - Nov 6, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Makes baseball sense but Oswalt is not a 100% and seems to be looking for one more big pay day which Yankee money would provide.

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 6, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Please God, dont let them sign Oswalt

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