Some believe the Yankees are simply waiting for the market of free agent pitcher Max Scherzer to shake out before jumping into the fray.
Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York says those theories are not true and that the Yankees are “absolutely not” interested in the former Tigers pitcher.
A year after winning the Cy Young, Scherzer had another fine season in 2014 going 18-5 with a 3.15 ERA and a 1.175 WHIP.
Thus far there have been more reports of teams not interested in Scherzer then ones that suggest interest. The Red Sox are known to have interest after failing to land Jon Lester while the Cardinals have been connected to the right hander simply because he was born in Missouri.
One player the Yankees will have back for the 2015 season is left hander Chris Capuano.
Capuano will earn $5 million next season. His decision to return to the Yankees comes as reports suggested he was considering a move to Japan.
Chris Capuano is returning to the Yankees on a 1-year deal. Trying to get additional contract details.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 16, 2014
The 36-year-old will be insurance for the Yankees after posting a 4.25 ERA and 55/19 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings over 12 starts last season.