Sunday, November 10, 2013
WHO WANTS JIMENEZ & KAZMIR?
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a few pitchers may be available in Cleveland Indians land.
Paul Hoynes writes:
"No. 1: Reborn right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to turn down his $14.1 million qualifying offer before Monday’s deadline. The Indians can still negotiate with him if he does reject it.
No. 2: Reborn left-hander Scott Kazmir and his agents have given no indication that he will return to the Indians. He’s looking for a multiyear deal, while they prefer another one-year arrangement."
Now, my next question is... if the Yankees are looking to bulk up their pitching staff after guys like CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova... who will it be? There are plenty of guys out there, but I am still having a tricky time trying to understand if the Yankees are looking to save money or break the bank. Sure, we need to sign Robinson Cano and that will be expensive, but we also need to get negotiating rights and nail down Masahiro Tanaka, a guy they plan to be "bold" with.
What type of dough will they have left? Will they sign a lefty reliever like Clay Rapada? Will they re-sign Boone Logan in the pen? I personally want Rapada back, but I had mentioned a few years ago that Kazmir could be a brilliant lefty specialist too. Read WHY THE YANKEES ARMS RACE HAS STARTED from back in 2011. The only problem with that scenario now is he's got the taste of being a starter again, it won't happen...but hey, would Kazmir be a good 5th starter on the New York Yankees? It's actually a good question.
Look, Jimenez and Kazmir are 2 names that should be considered. Whether or not the Yankees will piss around their hydrants is another story.
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