Trade Rumors: Yankees On the Lookout for Pitching 14

Via Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger:

“I’ve looked around for pitching,” he said. “Those are our needs: pitching in the rotation, pitching in the bullpen. I don’t think I’ll be able to acquire anything as close to as good as what I’ll be getting off the disabled list. Soriano for the bullpen, which will come sometime after the All-Star break. Bartolo Colon and Phil Hughes, which obviously is coming here in the next 2-3 weeks. I think it’s going to be hard to find any starter better than those starters and any reliever better than Soriano.”

This is not a surprise. The Yankees offense has been one of the best in baseball and even the trouble spots have begun to produce lately (meaning Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada). So there is not much room for improvement here.

That said, I’m sure they would love to have more depth in the rotation as injuries at both the major league and minor league level have changed this quite a bit. The bullpen is also in need of upgrades as the Yankees have lost three key parts that they counted on for this season (Rafael Soriano, Joba Chamberlain, and Pedro Feliciano).

There is still hope that Soriano and Feliciano could return at some point this season, but with the nature of their injuries, both have suffered shoulder problems, the Yankees would be wise not to count on them.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yankees look to improve their bench if a piece becomes available. However, with Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter expected back soon they may be getting all the help they need right there.

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Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.

14 thoughts on “Trade Rumors: Yankees On the Lookout for Pitching

  • hardnose

    I'm not sure that I want Soriano to return…let him start out 2012 with a clean slate…Feliciano is a crapshoot and the Yankees knew that going in…problem is that there are very few lefty relievers available and many teams are looking for one…relievers will come at a big price as teams know that is the Yankees greatest need…don't look for any miracles, Girardi is trying out relievers left and right hoping to find the right combo…one of the current starters will be taken out of the rotation and likely given a relievers role…it may sound crazy but I would consider AJ…

      • yankeepride

        Probably not but they may want to consider alternatives if he continues to nosedive…at least in the bullpen, the coach can tell if he has his stuff…AJ is the bi-polar pitcher…

  • kevin

    Rob, I agree, AJ Burnout will not go to the pen. Although many say he's having a good season, I disagree. Yes, he's having a better year that last but I feel the Yanks signing him was a kneejerk reaction just like the Pavano signing. He hasn't had an ERA under 4.00 since '07 and since then he's 48-40 with a 4.38 ERA. This is also the third time he's leading the league in wild pitches. This is just my opinion, enjoy your articles Rob!

  • Susan

    I agree AJ is the weakest link in that rotation but I also agree with Rob that he won't go to the pen. Making too much money and Girardi wouldn't have the guts to do it. I can't wait for Colon to return.

  • yankeepride

    if you don't have a reliable pitcher of the mound it doesn't matter if he is a reliable innings eater…

    • Rob Abruzzese Post author

      Actually it does. So many times AJ gives up 4 or 5 runs, but he lasts 6 or 7 innings. That's so much better than somebody like Ivan Nova or Brian Gordon who will give up 4 or 5 runs over 3 innings. The difference is the quality of relievers that you have to call on in the earlier innings are generally far worse and cannot keep you in the games. It also drains the bullpen for the next two to four days. For as bad as AJ was last year it was amazing that he almost threw 200 innings. If he didn't do that, those innings would have to be made up elsewhere at the expense at the rest of the team.

      He's not a great pitcher, but to me, his ability to eat innings keeps him from being a total waste. At this point I consider him more reliable than Freddy Garcia and Brian Gordon and probably on par with Nova.

      • yankeepride

        You gotta give Nova some credit…he doesn't usually give up 4 or 5 runs over 3 innings…he's done fairly well for a guy in his first full year…Gordon is a stopgap, I don't compare Gordon to anyone…he would have to prove himself first and he probably won't get the chance…he's not one of the starters that would likely replace anyone except via injury…

  • yankeepride

    if AJ just gives up 4 or 5 runs, that's ok…if he turns into the AJ we saw last year from mid June on, an innings eater is not what we need…many of us are holding our breath hoping that AJ doesn't turn into the guy that got shellacked last year…right now he is pitching like a 5th starter…last year he was pitching like my 10 year old…and my kid has pretty good command…

  • Tanned Tom

    Ugh, please can they trade Soriano when he returns from the DL, the guy is a turkey.

  • Telly Norgen

    The only thing that can save the Yankees is Hughes's comeback. We expect Bartolo to get better and better and be another A's

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