Frank Russo of the nybaseballdigest.com reports that the San Francisco Giants “flat out turned down” the New York Yankees offer for starting pitcher Matt Cain. According to Russo’s source, the offer included a package of “at least one position player and several minor league pitchers”.
Russo’s West Coast source was only able to say that “several clubs” have contacted the Giants regarding Cain and his availability.
The Giants are known to be looking for offensive upgrades and have already traded one pitcher this offseason. San Francisco sent Jonathan Sanchez to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Melky Cabrera.
But Sanchez is a little different than Cain. OK, a lot different.
Russo says that “Cashman can call the Giants all he wants in regards to Cain”, but he can’t picture San Francisco moving the right-hander.
A lot of rumors such as these are likely to surface because, even after their re-signing of Freddy Garcia, the Yankees are said to still be in the market for more of a sure thing to place atop their rotation.
New York has already been tied to Oakland A’s lefty Gio Gonzalez, and other pitchers are reported to be available this winter including John Danks of the White Sox, Wandy Rodriguez of the Astros, and Matt Garza of the Cubs.
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