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What discussion about one of the top free agents on the market would be complete without mentioning both the Red Sox and the Yankees?
While some may think the Yankees won't need to pursue the Venezuelan starter, I think they may still take a shot at inking him to a deal.
Now, I'm aware that Hank Steinbrenner wants to reduce the Yankees' payroll to the $189 million luxury tax threshold and that the team just re-signed Hiroki Kuroda for one year at $15 million. Problem is, there are still questions surrounding the Yankees rotation.
If they can't bring back Andy Pettitte, can they really rely on Ivan Nova and another starter as their fourth and fifth starting pitchers? It's doubtful with the Toronto Blue Jays improving drastically over the course of the past few weeks and the Baltimore Orioles only finishing last season two games back of the Bronx Bombers.
This means that signing Anibal Sanchez may be a necessity for New York.
With Kuroda only being on a one-year contract and getting up there in age anyway, he is only a band-aid for 2013 in terms of the Yanks rotation.
Sanchez would give the Yankees an established 1-2-3 punch of C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes and himself for years to come.
While the Yankees seem to finally have figured out the concept of frugality, skimping out on starting pitching will ensure that with the smaller payroll comes an increased chance of the Yankees missing the postseason, something that Yankees fans aren't too fond of.