Yahoo sports is reporting, through Yanks’ broadcaster Michael Kay, that the Yanks did make a 7 yr./$160MM offer to Yu Darvish with a 48 hour window that Darvish walked away from.
What they DON’T say, is WHEN that offer was made.
I can’t see it happening after the Stanton acquisition.
What I would think happened, is that the Yanks had Stanton on the back burner, didn’t know if they would get him (whether Stanton would waive his no-trade to St. Louis or SF or if another team was hot for him and was agreeable to Stanton where Stanton could have gone there) and would get back to Stanton if Darvish turned them down. Which Darvish did.
Now that Darvish turned them down, they then refocused on Stanton, knowing they had to strike while the iron was hot for Stanton, thus the 48-hour window they gave to Darvish.
But knowing now that Darvish turned them down, the Yanks could now refocus on CC too, hoping to get CC back on a hometown discount with incentives.
In order to do that, to get CC back on that discount, the Yanks needed the Marlins to pick up some of Stanton’s salary, which they are. About $30MM of the $295MM left on it.
So now the Yanks go after & get Stanton, and shortly after, get CC back on a 1-yr., $10MM deal with some incentives.
Do I have any proof of that? No, of course not. But if the Yanks DID make that offer to Darvish, they couldn’t have done it in the past week and still stay under the cap that they are hard-pressed to stay under unless they dump some salary (Ellsbury, Gardner, Robertson, Betances).
I, for one, don’t want them to touch or break up what could be the best bullpen in baseball. Just about everyone in that ‘pen has a better than 10k/9 ratio. Some are in the 13-15K/9 ratio. Ridiculous.
So is this scenario what I described above what happened? Only Cashman and the front office know, and you can think for yourselves whether it may or may not have happened and even if it is plausible.
The Yanks did sign two players yesterday and avoided the arbitration process with them. Hicks for $2.8MM, Kahnle for $1.3 and both came in around what was predicted.
That is good. A couple more to come. You hope everything gets settled amicably and we don’t have the drama that occurred last year between Betances and the front office.