The New York Yankees might not have made much happen during the first two days of the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings but they most certainly made plenty of noise before the meetings started. With their ability to not give in to Robison Cano’s demands and instead build an entire team, they have put themselves squarely in the playoff picture with the possible exception of their starting pitching. To that end, they now have thrown in as possible suitors for Cleveland Indians starter Justin Masterson.
Masterson was the clear ace of the Indians staff for the entirety of the 2013 regular season until he got hurt. Only then did Ubaldo Jimenez emerge as a star in the rotation actually, though he was the next best for most of the season in the opinion of most. Masterson is the big fish in the Indians’ starting rotation pond and they have been listening to offers on him for at least the second day of the meetings on forward.
The Yankees have done a ton on offense but now appear to be willing to make some trade action happen for their starting pitching staff if the price is right. It would include a package of players and surely at least one ready MLB player; possibly Brett Gardner. Rumors are just that but it would make good sense for the Yankees to turn their attention to helping their starting staff. Masterson would be a very good addition especially if they could bring in a free agent as well like Ervin Santana. Stay tuned to the Yankees for the next few days. They appear to be on the way back in a big way.