Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Will the Yanks Be in the Hunt for Another Big Arm?

So I came across this story in the Post today about how the Ms are currently scouring the Yankees minor leagues in order to be prepared for when the Yankees inquire as to Cliff Lee's availability. A couple weeks ago there was a piece over at SI.com (I think) saying that Roy Oswalt would only approve a trade to the Cards, Yanks, and some other team I can't remember.

Since then I've been thinking a lot about whether it makes sense for the Yankees to go after one of these guys. You can never have too much pitching, but right now we have five starters who are all throwing well. In fact, if Javy continues to give us seven innings on a regular basis, we don't even really have someone you can unqualifiedly call a fifth starter. Fifth starters are guys who give you a quality start every other start or so, you hope. If Javy's truly turned a corner, then we don't have any of those.

So why would the Yankees go after Oswalt or Lee? We only need four good starters come the playoffs, so why would we add those guys when we have five good starters as it is? Sure it's tempting. But I don't think we need Oswalt or Lee. I would think the Ms now this, but they're apparently scouting our top catching prospects as though the Yanks are likely to give either of them (Romine and Montero) up for a pitcher we don't have much need for. Seems like wishful thinking to me.

8 comments:

cheshirecat9 said...

I thought the same thing when I read that article.

Jon Roberts said...

My guess is that the Ms will get more from some one else, but I'm sure the Yankees would take him if they could get him.

Would it make more sense for them to work out a trade for a back of the bullpen type arm? That's where they seem to match up best. The Mariners need catching in their system, the Yankees have three who look at least near ready (counting Cervelli). Cervelli has to be looking good enough to start to some team, even if it isn't the Yankees. Mark Lowe, Brandon League, Sean White and Chad Cordero all seem like reasonable arms for the Yankees to look at. I suppose David Aardsma too, but that seems less likely as he's closing now, but that would be sweet. Push Joba to the 7th. I can dream.

Jon Roberts said...

Not that the Yankees would trade any of their catchers for bullpen help. It may also be that the Mariners are looking to start something, not simply anticipating the Yankees calling. They might just be targeting one of the catchers the Yankees have. Still dreaming, imagine how adding Ichiro would stretch the lineup out. It would also give the Yankees the best outfield defense in the league. I'm already pretty happy with it already, but why not spend a few minutes letting imaginary highlight reels run through my head?

Roberto E. Alejandro said...

I wonder if Ichiro regrets signing his extension with the Mariners. The team is clearly trying to improve and build towards being a contender (last offseason showed that, even if it hasn't all quite panned out), but the fact that they seem to accept that they're losing Lee suggests that contending may be a few seasons away.

Rob B said...

Yes, getting Ichiro would definitely be a dream. And probably nothing but. However, I'm sure we would love to see a line up with Ichiro, Granderson, and Gardner in the outfield; Tex, Cano, Jeter, and Alex in the infield; Posada behind the plate; and Swisher as the DH.

Not gonna happen. Too bad.

Dylan Murphy said...

Trading for Cliff Lee would be a terrible move. As mentioned, bullpen help is what the Yankees (and really every team in the majors for that matter) could use. Or another bench bat.

Jon Roberts said...

Well, they aren't going to get a bat from the Mariners. I guess they might be thinking that whoever gets Lee is going to sign him to an extension. So giving up a prospect for that chance might be worth it.

Anonymous said...

Javy won't sniff a post season start unless someone gets hurt.