MLB free agency: Yankees, Yu Darvish have talked but … – NJ.com

On Wednesday, Yu Darvish let Twitter know the Yankees were still on his short list.

On Thursday, general manager Brian Cashman didn’t sound so optimistic a deal would get done.

Speaking on WFAN radio, Cashman said he’s been in contact with Darvish’s agent, Joel Wolfe, but added that there would be some complications to signing him. 

The biggest? That the Yankees are working with what’s essentially a salary cap. Owner Hal Steinbrenner has said he wants to keep the team’s payroll below the $197 million luxury tax threshold. Reports have put the team anywhere from $15 million to $20 million from that mark, which doesn’t account for in-season minor-league call-ups, trades or signings.

Why Castro to Mets makes sense

Here’s what Cashman said about Darvish, who’s the top pitching choice on the free agent market right now and has gone 56-42 with a 3.42 ERA in five big-league seasons.

“Well, he’s obviously a tremendous pitcher,” Cashman said when asked if Davish is also on the Yankees’ short list. “I can’t answer it directly. I would just say that we do have some flexibility. To create more flexibility, the higher the cost of the player, if it’s a trade or a free agent signing — then I’m not going to say what the number is — I would have to create more financial room so we do not trip up that luxury tax when the dust settles at the end of this year, unless ownership changes their mind on that.

“Do we recognize Yu Darvish as a unique talent and a premier starting pitcher available in this market place? The answer to that question is yes. Would we be in the end one of the last teams standing? I can’t answer on that. I have talked to Joel Wolf, his agent. I can acknowledge

Read More Here...

This entry was posted in Baseball News. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.