Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has decided that the team will not surrender its top Draft pick as compensation, effectively taking them out of the running for free agent Rafael Soriano, the top reliever on the remaining free agent market.
Cashman told the Westchester (N.Y.) Journal News
on Friday that he wouldn’t sign a Type A free agent like Soriano, who would net the Rays a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. Setup man Grant Balfour is also a Type A player, as is Carl Pavano – not that the Yankees were going to bring him back.
“I will not lose our No. 1 draft pick,” Cashman told the newspaper. “I would have for Cliff Lee. I won’t lose our No. 1 draft pick for anyone else.”
The rest of the free agent market doesn’t entice the Yankees. There are designated hitter types out there, but with Jorge Posada entrenched as their everyday DH, they have little room for the likes of Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero or Manny Ramirez.
reported Friday that there has been some contact with free agent outfielder Andruw Jones, but that would be in a reserve role similar to the tasks Marcus Thames filled last year.
“Bottom line is, it’s a bad free-agent market,” Cashman said.