Yankees president Randy Levine, right, shown with GM Brian Cashman during spring training in 2007
By Brendan Kuty
The vision of Max Scherzer in pinstripes seems to be fading by the day.
Yankees president Randy Levine became the latest team official to appear to close the door on the signing of the 30-year-old right-hander who is widely considered the best starting pitcher remaining on the free agent market.
That’s approximately what Scherzer, the 2013 Cy Young award winner, and his agent, Scott Boras, are seeking, according to reports.
Scherzer reportedly wants a deal worth more than $200 million. And while the Yankees and Scherzer would appear to be the perfect match — Boras has even said he’d envision the Yankees with a World Series-caliber rotation if he joined it — the club has repeatedly dismissed the idea of adding another big-money free agent after it spent more than $400 million last offseason on Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka and Carlos Beltran.
Early Monday morning, general manager Brian Cashman said Yankees fans shouldn’t expect Scherzer pitching in The Bronx next season.
Cashman said Scherzer is on a “higher level than we’d like to play in right now,” referring to the starter’s cost in general rather than any specific price tag.