While the cost-cutting Marlins still are refusing to lower their asking price of Robinson Cano for Juan Pierre, they have begun to tell teams that every player on their roster - including Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera - is available for the right price .
The Yankees threw out the names of Cano and Chien-Ming Wang in passing as possibilities for Willis, the Marlins' dynamic lefthander, but the Marlins told them it would take a lot more than that, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Willis is one of the few players Id offer Cano/Wang AND another high level hitter for. He is extremely young and absolutely dominant. Furthermore he seems like the exact personality type that would flourish in the NY spotlight. Young dominant pitchers are probably the single hardest thing to aquire and Willis is exactly that. We can go out anytime in almost any FA and pick up a quality hitter (besides the fact that our O is already stocked for the next few years).
Thats why I hated the Beckett deal. He isnt as proven/durable (yet) as Willis but he has shown he can be dominant and is pressure tested ('03 WS anyone?) I wouldve been alot more aggressive for him. The only saving grace for the Yanks would be his durability (perhaps thats what held them back).
With Randy on his last legs literally and figuratively, if we have an opportunity to aquire a young dominant pitcher, we need to pull out all the stops.