Trade Rumors: Yankees Looking All Over for Pitching

matt-garzaThe Yankees had a scout in Colorado on Thursday night to watch their ace Ubaldo Jimenez, but that wasn’t even close to the only scout they had looking at a pitcher this week. They literally had scouts all over the country to watch the likes of the Cub’s Matt Garza, the Twin’s Francisco Liriano, the Marlin’s Anibal Sanchez, the Orioles’ Jeremy Guthrie, and the Padre’s reliever Heath Bell, according to George King of the NY Post.

What they are doing is evaluating the trade market and seeing all of the players that may be available at the deadline as they try to decide which one to target. This is a process of trying to figure out which has enough stuff to pitch effectively in the AL East. The next process is trying to work out a deal for one of these players.

Obviously Jimenez is the best name mentioned in this article, but it very well be that they don’t like what the Rockies ask for. The names that have been out there that Colorado is interested in are Jesus Montero, Dellin Betances, and Manny Banuelos. The Yankees don’t want to deal any of those players so it may mean they have to move on to another name on the list.

Any smart GM will begin their conversations with the Yankees with one of those three names however so I expect general manager Brian Cashman to go into his ninja mode. He will continue to evaluate the available talent while discussing terms with other GM’s and he’ll just wait until the asking price drops into his range. With the names listed above there could be one or two he gets aggressive with, but in reality a deal will probably only go down if it is in his comfort level.

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9 Responses to Trade Rumors: Yankees Looking All Over for Pitching

  1. John says:

    I doubt The Cubs will deal Garza they gave up 3 prospects to get him and they would be crazy to give him up unless they get a guy MLB ready right now not a few years away.
    There just doesnt seem like much top notch pitching available unless a team over pays for it.
    Jiminez would be fine but we do need a lefty and Johan isnt coming anytime soon.
    Id hate to give up Banuelos since he looked so good in spring(not real I know) at just 21. I still remember him clowing Kevin Youkilis, anyway we need a lefty to keep Boston and Philly off balance in the playoffs.
    There just doesnt seem to be one out there

  2. Susan says:

    Liriano might still be available. No, he's not the ideal lefty I'd want but teams just don't get rid of good lefty starters just to make us better.

    • John says:

      true, liriano is good I think he would benefit with theYanks because we would actually close out leads for him and give him run support. the Twins pen is awful this year

      • Buehrle is another lefty and personally i think he would be better in the short term(this year and this playoffs), Liriano could be an all-star pitcher and the guy behind CC in the future but is a risk, so the less and worst prospects that they could give I would deal for that one, sorry for my english

        • Joe says:

          why would the White Sox let go of Buehrle when they are only 4 games out of the division race ? They are buyers not sellers

  3. Susan says:

    I would love to get Buerhle and I mentioned that in another post but I think the White Sox are less likely to trade him if they are in contention.

    • John says:

      The White Sox will not trade Buerhle.Kenny Williams isnt the type to sell unless they are way out of it. Besides the only place he would waive his no trade for is St. Louis where he grew up.Besides the Central is so bad why would they wave the white flag? everyone but the Royals is still in it

  4. Mike Sommer says:

    There is the Jiminez situation, then there is this: SI's Jon Heyman tweets: wigginton's name came up in yankees-rox talk. could be good a-rod insurance. Wigginton, 33, .252-13-37 for the Rox right now, can play LF, RF, 3B, 1B, 2B and of course, DH.

    • Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

      Wiggy would be a good pickup for the right price, even to some extent when ARod is healthy because of his utility aspect and because Chavez is the glass man and Pena is not a good option when you are the Yankees.

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