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There is “almost no way” the Yankees sign C.J. Wilson

Nov 28, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

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There has been less-than-tepid interest from the Yankees in C.J. Wilson. Like, almost zero. That doesn’t necessarily mean everything, of course, as the Yankees have been known to lay kinda low until they just come in and sign someone, but today ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand says that there is “almost no way” the Yankees sign C.J. Wilson this offseason.

And why should they? C.J. Wilson wants $100 million. Even if it’s affordable for the Yankees, how advisable is it? He’s good, no doubt. But the Yankees had a lot of success last year filling three rotation spots with cheap guys, so why should they throw nine figures at someone?

Wilson is going to meet with the Marlins today, so they can have yet another guy who they are going to pretend to sign.  But whatever happens there, his future doesn’t look to be in New York.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Maybe so, but there’s *absolutely* no way Cashman is going to let in Andrew Marchand on his plans. Being public about negotiating only jacks up the price, Cash is too smart for that. The fact that the Yankees were able to succeed (although not up to their high standards of W.S. appearances) with Fatolo Colon and Freddy Garcia won’t justify resting on their laurels.

    Bad timing for C.J. to want One Hundred Meeeellion Dollars (holding pink to corner of mouth.)

    • phukyouk - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:29 AM

      pinky? either way its a pretty awesome typo

    • ctdlc85 - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:57 PM

      You’re right that Cashman is a good poker player. The last thing he’d want to do is tip his hand by letting people know what is intentions are. But anytime the Yankees get involved in bidding for player, the player’s price goes up. Simply telling Andrew Marchand or any writer that they’re interested isn’t going to have much effect on that price. Besides, anybody who can’t figure out that the Yankees are going to have interest in a frontline starter isn’t paying attention to what’s going on. That’s no big secret. What cashman might be doing is holding back his interest, letting the market become established, then jumping into sign the guy at what he hopes is a better price. I think the Yanks definitely want another starter, but they’ll go the route they went last year before they get into a potentially bad contract. It remains to be seen.

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    I agree with the piece. I think for the Yankees to show legitimate interest he has to drop to 5 years and about $85MM any more then that and he’s an Angel or a Ranger or may be a make believe Marlin.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Between Nova and Hughes potentially at full strength in 2012, I see no reason not to take the no-bonanza-for-CJ talk at face value.

  4. yankeesgameday - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    I wont lose sleep if they dont sign this guy. i want buerhle.

    • phukyouk - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      i would lose sleep if they signed him… I want no part of this guy.. he’s AJ part Deux.

  5. damnyankee13 - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    We need at least 1 starter, I would prefer Buerhle..Durvish? Do we need to take a chance?Matsui was good, but he was an OF.Our luck with Japenese pitchers has been horrendous

  6. randygnyc - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    100m for cj Wilson? Um, NO THANKS!!! Come on Brian, put together a package for king Felix and then post up for Darvish. All before Christmas.

    Thanks in advance.

    • phukyouk - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:31 AM

      While we are dreaming.. maybe we can trade Igaua to the Phils for Doc too?

      • freeagentsignee - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:28 PM

        I am a Yankee fan, but who the hell is “Igaua”?! The only “Igaua” I know is in the NBA.

    • marinersnate - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:36 AM

      “Come on Brian, put together a package for king Felix….”

      Good luck with that.

      • Kyle - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        Ugh. Seriously.

  7. sdelmonte - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    I have to wonder if there isn’t some sort of secret “eat AJ’s contract” plan in place, if things break a certain way and AJ becomes fully expendable. I can see Cashman lining up his ducks so that the only money the Yanks waste is on that one contract.

    That said, I can’t imagine the Yanks standing pat two winters in a row while the team gets older.

  8. fordman84 - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Angels will end up being the only bidder around $100M and they will get him. Then they will continue to finish out of first place by 10 games in the West because they can’t hit the ball.

  9. Kevin S. - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    I’m not surprised Cashman isn’t going nuts on CJ Wilson. He’s a damn good pitcher, moreso than people are giving him credit for, but that price tag is a product of the lack of elite pitching available this offseason, not Wilson’s actual value. There are a glut of ace-caliber starters coming available next offseason, and the Yankees will almost certainly be chasing those guys instead.

  10. pisano - Nov 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    This guy is not a #1 starter, he’s trying to get as much as he can in a weak market for pitchers. Let him go where he wants to go, the Yankees have trade chips they can use for an established #2 or #3 pitcher. I never saw too much in this guy anyway, and especially the way he pitched in the post season. I say cut bait with him.

  11. freeagentsignee - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    I am elated. I want Oswalt, not Wilson. Oswalt’s probably better for postseason and monetarily.

    • freeagentsignee - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:49 PM

      I mean with respect to Wilson, Oswalt has pitched in the postseason with the Phillies and Astros and has one of the best winning % in the 2nd half, along with ex-Yankee Pettitte. Plus, he pitched in the both their home parks (MInute Maid Park and Citizen Bank Park), so he knows how to pitch in a small park.

  12. knoiro - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    This guy is not worth anywhere near 100M for any amount of time. He showed his ability in the playoffs and series against teams that not mediocre. He is an above average pitcher but he sure isn’t a Cliff Lee or anywhere close to him. Give him $45 for four years or let him find another job. I bet that arm of his would flip a mean burger.

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