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.