January 2nd was a busy day for the Yankees…in terms of things that probably aren’t going to happen. We heard multiple reports that the the Yankees are unlikely to bring in Edwin Jackson because of budgetary reasons. We also heard (in that same link) that the asking Price for Matt Garza is getting too high for the Yankees’ liking and that the team is not close to a deal with Hiroyuki Nakajima. So, for the Yankees, still, this offseason is more about inactivity than activity. But, at the same time, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
I’ve been a little sweeter on Edwin Jackson than most have, but missing out on him is not a bad thing. While he’s certainly durable, he’s obviously not a guy to whom you give a five year contract, but at $12M, he’s not a bad guy to have in your rotation. I still don’t think I’d give him four years, unless the AAV were $10M, but I think he’d be okay to have on a 3/36 deal. But, that’s not going to happen. Someone is going to give him a four year contract…and I doubt very much that it’ll be the Yankees.
I’ve covered Matt Garza a lot recently, and so have other writers here, so I’ll be quick with this one: I’m not as big on him as others are, but I wouldn’t say no to a trade, depending on the price.
As for Nakajima, his situation defines the term “whatever” better than any situation has this offseason. If they sign him, awesome; maybe they can flip him or Eduardo Nunez for something. If they don’t, oh well; they’ve got Nunez to play the backup infielder role or they could bring back Eric Chavez. We all liked him for one reason or another last year, but I’m not so sure Chavez would be the best choice. He was hurt and after April, really didn’t hit at all. He also didn’t handle right handed pitchers well (.298 wOBA). He did, however, do well in the field and that’s always helpful. Chavez is, however, helped by the fact that there really isn’t any other option out there to take his place (Wilson Betemit, maybe?).
Another day, another way to say “Well, nothing’s happening.” As frustrating as the lack of activity has been–and may continue to be–it is better than the alternative: a move for the sake of a move. I’m glad that hasn’t happened. And, as we’ve said a lot, the Yankees are still pretty good as constructed. This isn’t a team in need of a massive overhaul, especially when the pieces for said overhaul aren’t available at prices the team likes.
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