Scott Boras met with Hal Steinbrenner to reportedly discuss a deal for Edwin Jackson, according to Jon Heyman. The interesting part, which Pinstripe Alley points out, is that Boras would meet with Steinbrenner directly (like he did with the Rafael Soriano deal), rather than with Brian Cashman.
Heyman also points out that while the Yankees are looking for at least one additional starter (and have discussed both Oswalt and Kuroda), the goal is to keep any new deals shorter in order to comply with the $189M luxury tax ceiling.
- Twitter / @JonHeymanCBS - "edwin jacksons agent scott boras and hal steinbrenner met. hal told boras hed think about right deal for e-jax."
Hal Steinbrenner meets about E-Jax in Phoenix - CBSSports.com
"Yankees people seem to like Jackson but want to keep deals short because one of their greatest goals is to somehow get their payroll below the luxury tax threshold of $189 million by 2014. That isn't going to be easy for a team that's had a payroll in the $200-million range for years and is committed to $125 million for 10 players in '14, but the reward is that their tax would go from 50 percent on dollars above the cap to a much more manageable 17 percent."
- Twitter / @Kevin_Goldstein - "Speaking of former Dodgers, the Yankees signed Preston Mattingly (son of Don), the former 31st overall pick and career .232/.276/.335 hitter"
Hal Steinbrenner Met With Scott Boras About Edwin Jackson - Pinstripe Alley
"Hal Steinbrenner met with Scott Boras last off-season, and that resulted in the horrible contract that was the Rafael Soriano signing. Now, the two have met again, this time to discuss starting pitcher Edwin Jackson. There are some factors that make me worry less about this..."