Last winter, the Yankees actually showed a small amount of restraint in not acquiring the greatest and brightest available (Johan Santana), in favor of holding on to their prospects. With big free agents out there, expect that streak of restraint to end at one. And yes, Hank Steinbrenner would consider making a run at long time Yankee nemesis Manny Ramirez:
"There's nothing we are not looking at," the team's co-chairperson said Friday at the team's spring training complex. "And personally, I like Manny. He's one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game. He's a free spirit for sure, but he knows how to win. We like some of the other guys, too. We just don't know yet."
Oh, and CC Sabathia too.
"Every team in baseball wants Sabathia," Steinbrenner said. "That's the bottom line. It's not a real secret. Pitching is in the forefront for everybody, not just us. That's why starting pitching is at a premium."
After a disappointing (for them) third place finish, expect the Yankees to be like a patron at Spago's picking from the most expensive dishes on the menu, then ordering one of everything. And considering that WFAN radio host Mike Francesa said during his Friday show that a well connected person in the Yankee world told him that the team was getting ready to blow everyone away in their offer for Sabathia, this off-season could have pinstripes drawn all over them.
Hank Steinbrenner Confirms the Yankees Want to Sign: Everyone originally appeared on MLB FanHouse on Sat, 01 Nov 2008 07:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.