C.J. Wilson is considered the best pitcher on the free agent market in most circles. Yet, when it comes to fitting inside the often hectic Yankees’ universe, several Major League talent evaluators believe Mark Buehrle might be the better fit.I still like Wilson as the Yanks top FA pitching target. At least as far as American players go. Darvish, as I've said, is the wild card in all of this. The article even goes on to say that while the Yankees are showing interest in Wilson and Buehrle, their top priority may end up being Darvish.
“If you are looking for value, it’s Buehrle because the Yankees have CC Sabathia and aren’t looking for an ace,’’ an AL Central evaluator said of the 32-year-old Buehrle, who finished a four-year, $56 million deal with the White Sox this season.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has spoken briefly with representatives for Roy Oswalt, Edwin Jackson and Wilson, and plans to contact Jeff Berry, who represents Buehrle.
Three evaluators tabbed Buehrle over Wilson for the Yankees and two picked Wilson even though they admitted having questions whether the opinionated Wilson would be a good fit in New York.
“Stuff-wise, he is at 91 to 93. He has enough deception and just wild enough,’’ a veteran Wilson watcher said. “His stuff is more crisp than Buehrle’s.’’
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
From Mark Feinsand: