Although this is a little early, I was thinking about the make up of our rotation going into next season. We have Sabathia, Burnett and Joba locked, while Pettitte will become a free agent, and the 5th spot will be open. Its likely that Hughes will be asked to fill that role. Whatever road the Yankees want to take they should really consider one Scott Kazmir. The Rays made Kazmir available for trade at the deadline, and no doubt they were guaging the interest in him. He's having a rough season this year. As of today he stands with a 6.50 ERA a 6-7 record and 70 strikeouts in 91.1 innings. My guess is that Kazmir is injured, or suffering the residual effects of his previous injuries. The Rays would be smart to move him seeing as he's due $22.5 million over the next two seasons (that includes a club option pay out). If Kazmir is ineffective, that's a lot of money the small market Rays will have wrapped up in him. The Yankees would be smart to take a gamble on him, because of how succesful he's been in the past, and because $22.5 million over two years really isn't a risk to them. I know they want to decrease payroll, but there is a lot of potential in that arm, and may be worth the risk. Of course, to determine whether the deal is worthwhile, we would need to know what the Rays want in return for Kazmir. If the cost in prospects isn't too high, I think it would be a worthwhile investment.
On the other hand, the Yankees will be on the market for a left fielder, and as one commenter posted in an earlier post, the Rays may want to move Carl Crawford who would become a free agent in 2011. Perhaps there is a deal to be worked out here. Perhaps not. All I know, is that those are two players to take into consideration. Personally, I like Damon, but that will depend on his asking price and years.