The Yankees are examining every option when it comes to improving their rotation so it doesn’t surprise me that they would express interest in the Blue Jays soon to be 24-year-old. Drabek struggled in the majors last season putting up a 6.06 ERA over 78.2 innings. So the Yankees strategy may be an attempt to buy low.
Drabek’s problem stems from a control problem. His BB/9 jumped to 6.3 last season and his K/9 dropped to 5.8. This after his K/9 was a healthy 7.2 in the minors and his 3.7 BB/9 was never terrible. Elliott reported that the Yankees have been asking scouts, including Phillies scouts, if they think his control problems are fixable.
This may be the direction general manager Brian Cashman takes this offseason. Drabek has less than a full seasons service time meaning that he would be under Yankees control for the next five seasons. It seems like his line of thinking would be that as long as he has to give up prospects, he might as well try to get somebody he doesn’t have to devote a lot of payroll space to as well.
The biggest hitch here would be to convince the Blue Jays to trade to the Yankees. There has not been a deal between the two teams since they acquired Raul Mondesi back in 2002. At that time the Blue Jays were more than happy to give up on Mondesi, who had problems with the team, so it wasn’t exactly the same situation.