CLEARWATER, Fla. — Aaron Boone said available free-agent pitchers Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb probably aren’t “realistic options” for the Yankees because of cost. And the manager is just fine with that.
“I feel like we have people in that room, and when we break camp with [our] 25-man and beyond, I feel like we can match up with anyone,” Boone said Sunday morning before the Yankees improved to 3-0 with an 8-3 victory over the Phillies.
That includes the Red Sox, whose rotation features Chris Sale, David Price and Drew Pomeranz. “The Red Sox are one of those teams that will be an obstacle, and we respect who they are and we respect the potential of those guys,” Boone said. “But I look at it as being really comfortable with the guys [we have]. We’ll go up against anyone.”
General manager Brian Cashman spent the offseason trying to add another starter and continues to look at that market, though he is under orders to keep the payroll under the $197-million luxury-tax threshold.
“I know Cash is always kicking the tires and looking for ways to improve the club,” Boone said. “But as we sit here today, it’s my understanding that those guys [Lynn and Cobb] aren’t really in play for us. I’d be surprised.”
Justus taken deep
Lefty Justus Sheffield struck out two in a perfect third inning, then got roughed up for three runs in the fourth, when he allowed Maikel Franco’s two-run homer off a grooved fastball.
“I think I was rushing a little bit, got out of whack,” said Sheffield, 21, whom most rival scouts consider the best pitching prospect in the organization. “I want to show them I can pitch at this level. I know that I can.”
Jordan Montgomery, the heavy favorite to win the fifth starter’s job, struck out two and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings in his spring training debut. He went 9-7 with a 3.88 ERA last season as a rookie.