While they would never admit it, you have to think the Yankees got a shiver when they heard Tuesday that Boston's John Lackey will miss all of 2012 due to Tommy John surgery, news that could make the winter as sticky as a humid summer for the Yankees.

After all, increasing the Red Sox's need for pitching does not dovetail well with the Yankees' desire to improve their own rotation, especially in what is a limited free-agent market. The Yankees certainly don't want another deep-pocketed competitor bidding for scarce talent.