Does that headline make sense to you? I don’t think so either. These words belong to the highly-trustworthy reporter, Ken Rosenthal. It may be just me, but I think if the Yankees are “pursuing” a starter, then they will get a starter.
The Yankees inquired about Reds right-handers Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo, but backed off when the Reds said they would not include any money in a deal. While the Yankees remain active in their pursuit of a starter, they likely will stand pat and await the benefit of the roster expansions on Sept. 1.
I don’t see how the Reds expect to deal Harang or Arroyo if they won’t pay any portion of their contracts. I still hope and believe the Yankees will make a move for a pitcher, but now it seems their options are dwindling.
Speaking of starters, if you didn’t hear, Stephen Strasburg signed with the Nationals last night just before the deadline. He accepted a little over $15 million, instead of the $25 million he and agent Scott Boras were expecting.