Posts Tagged ‘Jason Marquis’

UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are intent on adding a pitcher tonight and reminds us that they were close in a deal for Aaron Harang in the summer…


Mike Puma of the New York Post has indicated that a vague Major League Baseball source has indicated that Brian Cashman will forgo celebrating the holidays and sign a starter by New Years Day.

Cashman has supposedly inquired about the availability of Carlos Zambrano, but seemed to be turned off the high price of acquiring him. Also, he might not be able to fit within Hal Steinbrenner’s concrete budget. While having Zambrano on the Yanks would be outstanding, he does seem like an enigma at times and lets his emotions get too much of himself at times. However, I would not turn him away if he showed up at the stadium to play for the Yankees.

Puma indicated there was a increased sense of urgency to add another pitcher after the Red Sox signed Lackey to a five year deal. Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t pitching Cashman’s primary concern going into the offseason?

Puma’s speculative targets are Jason Marquis, Joel Pineiro and Ben Sheets. However, Ken Davidoff of Newsday talked to “a person in the Yankees’ loop” who said Sheets is “not even on the board” currently. This is kind of surprising, but then again Sheets has a high price ($12MM), but I don’t see the Yankees going after Marquis (NL Lifer) and Pineiro (Just Don’t See It). I guess Justin Duchscherer is not on their radar too? After these names, the free agent market is kind of thin….

UPDATE: Cross Jason Marquis off the list, he is signing with the Nationals.

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Update: 3:10PMET: Jon Heyman reports: “lackey a great move for #redsox. sources say it’s about $85 mil for 5. good job by @ed_price at AOL Fanhouse”
This takes the Red Sox out of the Halladay race for sure. The only question now is…how involved are the Yankees in the Doc Halladay sweepstakes?
Free-agent right-hander John Lackey underwent a physical Monday with the Red Sox, an indication that he is close to an agreement with the team, according to a major-league source.

The deal is expected to be similar to the five-year, $82.5 million contract that the Yankees awarded free-agent right-hander A.J. Burnett last winter.

This really changes everything. You know damn well that the Yankees can’t lay low and do nothing now. This ends all hope of him coming to the Yankees, so the Roy Halladay door just swung right open.

From Mark Feinsand of the Daily News: 

While Cashman continues to monitor the Roy Halladay situation in Toronto, the general manager is looking at a couple of pitchers coming back from arm surgery: Justin Duchscherer and Ben Sheets.

I guess a player like Jason Marquis and Joel Pineiro won’t do the trick anymore. 

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