SignGuy wrote:Either he takes a hometeam discount and re-signs with the Twins or he becomes a FA and they Yankees give him 25 million a year
I think the Mets have a better chance at him then the Yanks because the Mets don't have the minor league pitching staff the Yankees have. The Yankees system is stacked with potential aces
and I can't see Cashman signing one guy for thirty million when he could use that money to address center field and first base. I still would love to have him though.
Other than Chamberlain and Betances...who exactly are you profiling as a future ace? Kennedy? Clippard? Please. If Johan hits the open market, all the big revenue clubs would hand him a blank check. And if he gets put on the block, teams would probably protect no minor leaguer if they knew they could resign him when his contract expired. If they Yankees had a choice in the proven Santana for $20 million or the untested potential of Hughes (or the Sox with Lester/Buchholz or the Mets with FMart/Gomez) for $300K, I would think all teams would take the tried and true thing. They say they want to balance building from within with smart FA signings, but I think that pertains more to guys like Andruw Jones or Carlos Zambrano. It's not every day you have an opportunity to acquire the
best pitcher in baseball.