Will the Yankees make a bigger splash in 2010 or 2011 offseason?
After last season’s hot stove signings, the Yankees seem to be pretty set offensively and in the front end of the rotation, they need an arm or two.
Mark Feinsand wrote today about the potential bidding war between the Yankees and Red Sox that’s in the making for when Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee hit the free agent market next offseason.
A source with knowledge of the Yankees’ thinking said the Bombers already have their sights set on signing either Halladay or Cliff Lee if both become free agents after next season. Yankees executives, however, fear that Lee might sign a long-term deal with the Phillies before becoming a free agent, leaving Halladay as the lone target for teams looking for an ace.
And also had this to say about the Yankees view of free agent John Lackey:
Even though the free-agent market is thin when it comes to starting pitching this winter, some Yankees officials are intrigued by the idea of signing Angels starter John Lackey.
Others are wary of signing Lackey to a big contract, according to one Yankees executive, citing the righthander’s injury issues over the past two seasons. There is also the Angels’ apparent willingness to let him walk, which some see as a sign that they know something about the health of his arm that others don’t.
I’m a little skeptical of Halladay due to his age, Lee as well. Also Lackey has had two iffy seasons with injuries. I’d love to see the Yankees develop out of the farm system. But if we get Lackey for a modest contract this offseason (3-4 years @ $14-18 mil. per year) I’d be fine. If we want to wait for Halladay or Lee, I know we’ll be paying more. A whole lot more.