The Yankees failed on signing Cliff Lee this offseason and without much else available on the free agent market they have failed to make any major upgrades to their rotation this offseason.
Instead the Yankees will look toward upgrading via a trade during the season and if that fails they’ll be back in the free agent market next offseason. The problem is that next offseason’s free agent market isn’t exactly awe inspiring. There is basically Mark Buehrle, Edwin Jackson, Joel Pineiro, and C.J. Wilson and none of those pitchers are clear no. 2 starters behind CC Sabathia.
Because of this, the Yankees could turn toward Japan and Yu Darvish.
I’ve taken a few looks at Darvish in the past, but nothing really was ever too in depth. Larry Koestler of the Yankeeist took a better look at the Japanese righty today in a great read.
Koestler surmises that the Yankees may take the $160 million that they were willing to invest into Lee and spend up to $130 million of it to bring Darvish to the Bronx. Then he examines some of the pluses, he’s still only 24, and minuses, he’s already thrown over 1,000 professional innings, of signing him. He also tries to gauge some of his projections to determine if a Darvish signing would be worth it.
Take a look at Koestler’s article. He admits that he has gotten a little excited about Darvish’s potential, but warns that he is an unknown quantity.
What do you think? Is this something that the Yankees should get involved in? Or are they better off targeting somebody like Jackson or Buehrle?