Next year is supposed to be a very strong year for free agent year compared to this year. I do not want the Yankees to spend big money on above average pitchers and that is all I see this year. The Yankees need to wait and get the studs as I have said over and over. Yu Darvish will be posted today, and again, while I have never seen him pitch, the word is that he is better than above average and is still young (25). The Yankees should make a strong play if their scouts feel he is as good as advertised - people think he is. The Red Sox posted 51.1 million for Matsuzaka and while that seemed outrageous to me at the time, they then signed him for only 8.5 mil a year which made it more reasonable, but, still the total was about 16 mil a year (in the AJ range). I would expect Darvish to be in the same area. What I like about Darvish is that he is a mature 25 in that he has a lot of experience in tough spots and also he is 6'5" and the height is a positive in my eyes.
The Yankees did win negotiating rights to shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima from Japan (Lions) on Wednesday. The posting fee for the 29-year-old was $2.5 million. His batting numbers should translate into a 800 OPS type of middle infielder (hard to gauge though) but what iI didn't like was Girardi seemed to indicate he wasn't a great defensive SS. Overall, this is a small signing that gives some more depth. It also shows that Pena is probably done in the Yanks eyes.
I would not be spenders for this MLB free agent group though and I am glad the Yanks are letting the "Mark Buhrle's" go to other teams... Wait until next year and get the better players.