Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Open to All Avenues in Pursuit of Pitching

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Open to All Avenues in Pursuit of Pitching

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ORLANDO, Fla. – As he briefly glanced out a window, a tired Brian Cashman noted that he hadn't been outside Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resort in three days.

Such is the wall-to-wall nature of business at baseball's Winter Meetings, which conclude on Thursday.

And as of Wednesday night, the Yankees general manager was still trying to bring a starting pitcher or two with him back to the Bronx.

"Right now, we're circling the airport, waiting for that clearance on the runway," Cashman said by way of analogy. "We've got enough gas in that tank that we can keep circling for a while."

So far, Cashman said he's been "engaged in a number of opportunities" on both the trade and free agent markets.

"I don't know where it's going to take us, but we're working at it," Cashman said, adding that the general free agent market for starters was moving at a snail's pace.

But the Yankees have the need and the means to execute a significant trade for a starter, even if they reunite with CC Sabathia.

During these meetings, the Yankees have been linked to interest in Detroit's Michael Fulmer, Arizona's Patrick Corbin, Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole and Kansas City's Danny Duffy.

And the Hail Mary pass might be to connect on Tampa Bay's Chris Archer, under team control through 2021 at an average of $8.5 million per season.

That deal – if there's even one to be made - would take a significant haul in prospects. So, too, would the price on Fulmer, the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year who just completed his second big-league season.

Given their crowded outfield, the Yankees can dangle Clint Frazier, but they'd also have to consider dealing the likes of starters Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield, center fielder Estevan Florial, and infielder Thairo Estrada from their still-potent system.

The left-handed Corbin is a free agent after this season, influencing his price tag. And the left-handed Duffy is an interesting case, owed $60 million through 2021.

Meanwhile, top-of-the-market starters Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta remain at-large, as does Alex Cobb – a pitcher identified early this offseason as a potential Yankees target.

"I've cleared more salary space to allow us the ability to engage even a broader audience, both on the trade and free agent side," said Cashman, speaking generally. …

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