Determined not miss the playoffs for a second straight season in 2009, the Yankees' top executives have decided to pursue many of the game's premier free agents, chief among them starting pitchers
While they can't sign all those pitchers, they are hoping to secure more than one of them. There is also some question in the cases of Sabathia and Burnett whether they'd want to play in New York, which may be why they will pursue so many pitchers.
Top Yankees decisionmakers, including club owners
The Yankees will also consider bringing back starting pitcher
Sabathia, the top free-agent pitcher this year, has said he'd consider any team. The Yankees are expected to be the high bidder for Sabathia, who should seek a contract to beat the $137.5-million deal
The Yankees' interest in Teixeira seems to make clear that longtime Yankee
The Yankees also want to upgrade in center field, though there are no great free-agent options, which may lead them to pursue trades. Pitching prospects
The Yankees may also consider Brewers pitcher
Peavy has a no-trade provision in his Padres contract so it isn't known whether he'd accept a deal to the Yankees. Burnett has the right to opt out of his Jays deal, which has another $24 million over two years remaining, and it is expected that he will do so. The Jays may try to sign him to prevent him from filing for free agency, though.