While I was on the road headed back home from college, the Yankees were linked to a lot of free agent pitchers and some of their targets signed with other teams. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Bobby Jenks signed with the Red Sox for two years and $12 million. This deal actually gave Boston a higher payroll than the Yankees at this point in the offseason.
- Kerry Wood, the most reliable reliever in the Yankees’ pen not named Mo in 2010, took less money to return to the Cubs. The Yankees would have had to pay much more than the $1.5 million deal he signed.
- Old friend Chien-Ming Wang re-signed with the Nationals for $1 million, but could earn up to $5 million with incentives.
- Lefty relievers Pedro Feliciano and Brian Fuentes are targets for the Yankees now, not Rafael Soriano. I think the Yankees need just one of these guys, not both. Either one would form a great pair with David Robertson for the eighth inning.
- Veteran starter Freddy Garcia may also be an option for the Yankees, you know, the guy I predicted the Yankees would sign after they missed out on Cliff Lee.