— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 27, 2014
The Yankees are one team that has expressed interest in Ervin Santana, and this isn't the first time. The team was in on Santana before the Masahiro Tanaka signing, and they went on to request his medicals earlier in January.
With CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Tanaka, Ivan Nova, and one of Michael Pineda, David Phelps, Adam Warren, or Vidal Nuno rounding out the rotation, the team doesn't have a huge need for another starting pitcher. But at this point in the offseason, the pitching free agents are growing a little desperate, and Matt Garza showed that today by agreeing to a 4 year $50 million deal. Both Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez hold draft pick compensation for their respective teams, dropping their value even further.
Both Santana and Jimenez make sense to the Yankees if they come on a bargain. In this case, the team could afford to trade Ivan Nova or another starting pitcher for the infield help they're desperate for.
This report might be bogus, but it could also be a sign that the team isn't done spending. We also had some reports about interest in Stephen Drew earlier in the week. Another report earlier in the offseason stated that the club would either be under the $189 million luxury tax threshold or far over. The team has about another $20 million left to spend before they reach their opening day 2013 payroll, so the offseason might not be over just yet.