The New York Knicks’ prospects for an unexpected big free-agent signing appear to be dimming.
Sources say the team is not expected to offer a big offer for free-agents Aaron Judge and John Lackey, two players who are two of the best in the game, and that it would be unlikely to pursue a top free-agency target such as David Ortiz.
The Yankees will be without Judge, who has been dealing with the flu and has missed the past three games.
The team has also missed the postseason for the first time since 2010.
Lackey, who is recovering from a fractured right fibula, is expected to return to the team by late July.
They could sign him for less than the $8.7 million he is due.
Lacankey, 26, has not played a regular-season game since he was hurt Feb. 18, and the Yankees have yet to make a decision on his future.
They are expected to hold off on making a decision until after the season, when they will have more information about Lackey’s health.