The New York Yankees reportedly turned down a request from C.J. Wilson’s agent for the Ranger’s ace to visit team representatives, according to ESPN New York. The Yankees are reportedly not interested in the 31-year-old left handed starter.
Wilson is coming off his second consecutive 15-win season for the Texas Rangers. In 2010 he posted a 15-8 record with a 3.35 ERA, in 2011 he improved to 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA. The former reliever is widely considered to be the top free-agent starter available this winter. Some, however, view the All-Star pitcher as a risk due to his generally short track record as a starting pitcher and his age. Wilson was a reliever for the Rangers from 2005-2009. The Yankees have identified starting pitching as one of their main priorities this offseason. The club finished the 2011 regular season with a 97-65 record, which ranked best in the American League