We all thought the New York Yankees were closing up shop and going as is for their roster for 2012.
Not so fast.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the asking prices for Roy Oswalt, Edwin Jackson and Hiroki Kuroda have all dropped their asking prices for a contract for 2012.
The Yankees have been torn in recent time on whether they want to add to their payroll, and according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN, the Yankees are "60-40 that they add to the payroll."
The Yankees still need pitching, and I agree that they should only give one of these guys a one-year deal so that they do not block the progression and development of Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances.
Jackson was looking for a five-year deal, but him and his agent Scott Boras realized that those demands were ridiculous.
Either way, Jackson is best suited for the National League pitching to the less-threatening offenses of the NL instead of the power-packed offenses like the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers in the American League.
I still think Jackson will end up with a team like the Washington Nationals, even if it's for a one-year deal, but I don't think Jackson will end up with the Yankees because at best, he's a No. 4 starter on their team.
Now, as far as Kuroda goes, at first, I was in favor of signing him. But I'm not sure how serious the Yankees are about signing him.
Kuroda will be 37 this coming season and has never pitched anywhere except for the Los Angeles Dodgers, which originally was his preference.
I still think pitching on the West Coast is Kuroda's preference and I could end up seeing him pitch on one of those teams.
But I see him as the No. 2 preference of what's available, and I see Kuroda being favored over Jackson.
Which leaves Oswalt. I still think he should be the ultimate preference for the Yankees.
He's dropped his asking price to around $8 million, which is very reasonable for the Yankees, who aren't looking to break their bank by adding on payroll.
The 34-year-old former Phillie did have back issues, but he has stated that he is healthy and determined to show teams that he has his form for 2012.
But given that skill-wise Oswalt is the best pitcher of the three and is asking for the least amount for a contract, the Yankees also need to change their minds on Oswalt.
I think he is their best option for adding rotation depth for 2012. If the Yankees are truly serious about adding payroll and adding another starter to their rotation, then they strongly need to consider Oswalt.
Kuroda should be the backup plan, especially over the mediocre Jackson, but not over Oswalt, especially if Oswalt's back is healthy and he can pitch to his old form.
Oswalt should be the main option for the Yankees.
Hopefully Brian Cashman will feel the same way in the next few weeks if they do add payroll.
Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.