It’s a cliche to say that actions speak louder than words, but cliches have to come from somewhere. And, like it or not, they do have at least a kernel of truth to them. Yesterday, we saw one of those kernels get popped.
We’ve heard Brian Cashman say that C.J. Wilson is the best starter on the market, but yesterday, when news broke that the Yankees turned down an offer to meet with Wilson, we learned Cash’s true feelings for the left handed pitcher. While I’d warmed up to Wilson a bit more over the course of this season, I’d still prefer the Yankees look elsewhere for starting pitch during this Hot Stove Season. Wilson’s not bad, but if we’re talking free agents, give me someone who’ll command a shorter commitment. If we’re getting greedy (and why not?) give me Yu Darvish or trade for John Danks.
It would be naive to assume this means the end of the connections between the Pinstripers and Wilson, but the vital signgs of this “relationship” are weak at best and circling the drain at worst.
This Hot Stove season has, to this point, been defined by a lack of action. We’re no where near the point of passivity, but we’re still waiting for the coals to be warmed; hopefully, that happens any day now.
Yesterday’s “refusal” says more than any supposed spoken or sourced connection linking Wilson and the Yankees had all offseason. Theses sorts of connections are ones we hear all the time during the winter, yet little usually comes of them. Sure, part of this is out of logistics; the Yankees obviously can’t sign all the free agents. But the fact taht so little actually happens with the Yankees and these players is much more telling. Though it’s hard, especially with the seemingly glacial pace of this HOt Stove, we’ve got to exercise restraint every time the Yankees are connected with a player. Actions speak louder than words, and so does inaction.
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