10 Pitchers the Yankees can target after losing Darvish

With reports that the Yankees are “not getting” Japanese starting pitcher Yu Darvish it is probably a good time to take a look at what’s left on the starting pitching market and discuss if any of those starters fit in with the Yankees plans. Here are to best 10 starters still available:

  1. Gio Gonzalez (traded to the Nationals), LHP, Athletics (free agent after 2015): Gonzalez is definitely still on the market even after the A’s traded Trevor Cahill. However, he is going to cost a ton.
  2. Jair Jurrjens, Braves (free agent after 2013): The Braves are willing to deal Jurrjens as they have so much young pitching coming up through their system. The Braves like Eduardo Nunez, but the Yankees are worried about Jurrjen’s injury history.
  3. Matt Garza, Cubs (free agent after 2013): The Yankees like Garza, but there have been no talks between them and the Cubs as of yet. The latest is that the Cubs are considering the Padres’ Anthony Rizzo in a deal for Garza.
  4. John Danks (signed to a 5-year extension), LHP, White Sox (free agent after 2012): The Yankees like Danks, but again, the asking price is sky high. Of the pitchers mentioned so far, he seems like the best fit though as the Sox are in full on rebuilding mode and Danks becomes a free agent in just one year.
  5. James Shields or Wade Davis, Rays (Shields after ’14, David after ’17): Shields is available, but it doesn’t seem like he is going anywhere. But with six starters going into next season, it seems likely that the Rays could move Davis instead. They have had no interest in trading with the Yankees in the past and that probably hasn’t changed.
  6. Jonathon Niese, LHP, Mets (free agent after 2015): The Yankees called the Mets about Niese when they heard he was on the trade market, but lately it seems like the Mets are less inclined to deal him, saying that they would have to be “knocked out” to deal him.
  7. Hiroki Kuroda, free agent (earned $12M last year): Of the free agents, Kuroda seems to make the most sense for the Yankees because he is looking for a one-year deal. Still, he wants $12-13 million which is scaring off the Yankees who are looking to trim payroll. In the past Kuroda has been resistant to moving to the East Coast, but that seems to have changed.
  8. Edwin Jackson, free agent (earned $8.35M last year): One of my favorite websites, NoMaas.org, has been stumping for Jackson pretty hard, but after holding initial talks with Jackson the Yankees think his price tag is too high.
  9. Joe Saunders, free agent (earned $5.5M last year): Saunders was recently non-tendered by the Diamondbacks. He is not up to the caliber of the rest of the pitchers on this list, but he is serviceable and will probably accept a much smaller contract than the rest of the pitchers on this list. I doubt the Yankees will go after him, but it makes much more sense than somebody like Scott Kazmir, whom everyone always asks about.
  10. Roy Oswalt, free agent (earned $16M last year): the Yankees have reached out to Oswalt’s agent, but talks didn’t go far as they are concerned about his back injury that had him talking about retirement during this past season. Despite that talk, he is looking for a three-year deal.

All of these pitchers are available, but realistically it seems like they will continue to keep tabs on Danks while focusing on Kuroda. If they don’t land either of those two pitchers it is very likely that the Yankees don’t acquire another pitcher this offseason. As much as they don’t want that, one look at the Mat Latos trade (the Reds gave up a MLB pitcher and three of their best five prospects) and its easy to see why they are holding on to their pieces.

If no deal is worked out then the Yankees will start to dip into the minor leagues for rotation pieces as needed. Hector Noesi will be the first option with David Phelps, Adam Warren and D.J. Mitchell right behind him. Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos also won’t be far behind as they will start the year in Triple-A, but they are more long-term options than pitchers who would be called up early next season.

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13 Responses to 10 Pitchers the Yankees can target after losing Darvish

  1. John says:

    I say get Saunders to warm a 4-5 spot til Banuelos is ready. He wont cost much $ and wont cost prospects. Danks is good but Kenny is asking way too much. Kazmir would be ok for a high reward Freddy-Bartolo type or just make him a loogy. If you took a flyer on Mark Prior why not Kazmir? Also dont be shocked of they dont extend an invitation to Ben Sheets for a Bartolo type deal.

  2. Bronx_Knight says:

    It's too bad the Yankees are so focussed on trimming payroll — Kuroda would fall in nicely as a number three starter for us, after CC and Nova. Given his numbers over the past three years with the Dodgers, we could probably expect 180 or so innings of around 4.00 ERA ball. Given the Yankees' offense, that would presumably be good enough for at least 15 wins. Nice placeholder for $12 M per year — give our prospects another year to grow. He would also be good insurance against continued poor performances by Burnett and Hughes.

    I mean, who's in our rotation right now? CC, Nova, Burnett, Hughes, and Garcia? After CC and Nova, we have one horrific pitcher (AJ), one erratic, struggling kid (Hughes), and one certified no. 4 or 5 starter (Garcia). Now is not the time to get cheap — give Kuroda his $12M.

  3. NYYFanInTheATL says:

    Cashman is being an idiot right now! Kuroda is just as good as 7 of the 9 others on this list and all he will cost is a ONE year deal with no prospects involved?? What the F are you waiting for Cashman?? Sign the guy and then you'll have a leg to stand on when trying to trade for Danks or Gio!

  4. Gonzalo says:

    I would forget about those good starters via trades, those asking prices are rediculous. Like somebody else said here you have something that costs 100, you ask 150 to get 125 but they're asking 500 to get at least 250.

    Comparing with the reds padres trade I prefer to keep Betances, Banuelos and Montero.

    It would have been better spending money in CJ Wilson(who I don't like him) or Darvish over giving these 3 porspects for a player not named Halladay, Felix, Cain, Lincecum, Verlander or Kershaw.

    Too bad they didn't like Darvish enough. Cashman should get Kuroda right now or Oswalt if he accepts just a 2 years, It would be nice If we get a good number 1 starter from Betances or Bañuelos and a good numer 3 starter from Phelps, Warren or Mitchell.

    • NYYFanInTheATL says:

      Funny….you replied to me quoting ME! lol I said that pricing analogy. : )

      What I meant this time is that if you get a guy like Kuroda, you can afford to WAIT to see if the prices drop.

  5. Fred says:

    If George was still around, we would have acquired at least one, if not two pitchers already this offseason.

    Not sure why we're trying to be the Tampa Bay Rays when we're the New York Yankees. Sitting around with the same roster just a year older is not going to help us out.

  6. Tom says:

    Personally, I like this approach because CC and Nova are solid, Hughes should have a bounce back year, Garcia hopefully stays the same, burnett is…burnett, but next years free agency market looks much more attractive and if the yankees can develop banuelos and betances and sign maybe cole hamels or matt cain (if they remain free agents) there rotation for 2013 looks like this: 1. CC 2. Hamels 3. Nova 4. Hughes 5. Banuelos…..very good if all goes well…

  7. Michael says:

    It's clear that the Yankees don't care abouting winning it all any longer. They are the richest team in baseball and they can't get one outstanding player in two straight years. This team that has lost in the first round twice in a row is now two years older. They will not hit as they have in the past. The pitching is all a HOPE. Hope Nove can get 5 runs a game for him – that's absurd. On any other non-playoff team he's not even a 500 pitcher. Then Hughes??? And Garcia???? And AJ???? The Yankees have no pitching other than CC. They will be an OKAY team in 2012. They need hitting and they need two pitchers all of which have been available but the Yankees want to make more money. So I won't support that. I'll not attend a game or purchase anything that earns them a penny. Either take some of the fortune the fans pay and get us a winner or we should stay away and stop being used.

    • Gonzalo says:

      I agree more with Michael than Tom, I'm expecting a good season from Nova but you can't call him a ¨Solid¨ starter when It was just one season. We have seen that with a lot of players.

      We really need a short term solid starter (like Oswalt or Kuroda) in order to give time to Betances and Banuelos.

      It has been horrible, I don't know what are Cashman expectations.

  8. Tanned Tom says:

    No way on Saunders a K/BB ratio of 1.61 to 1 with 29 HRs is pretty crummy. There's a reason AZ gave up on him. Pass on Gonzalez, he walks too many batters. His K/BB ratio last year was 2.16 to 1, not nearly ace material. And the price being asked is just fantasy. To put these ratios in perspective, Sabathia last had a 3.77, Garcia a 2.13 and Burnett a 2.08. Even Phil Hughes, in his non-relieving years, has a 2.12. Get the picture? He's not an ace.
    Kuroda on the other hand sounds like just what we're looking for: a veteran who knows how to pitch, K/BB ratio last year of 3.29, who'll take a 1 year deal, and whose splits indicate he didn't benefit abnormally from having Dodger stadium as a home field. I'm surprised they haven't signed him, but maybe they really are convinced Hughes has got what it takes. That and they can't trade Burnett.

  9. NYYFanInTheATL says:

    Michael – Go root for the MUTS then….we don't need you!!!! The Yankees don't care about winning??? Are you a troll?

    The patience Cashman is taking is wearing on most of us Yankees fans….but the pre-season is FAR from over. There is still PLENTY of time to add to a 97 WIN team.

  10. Elena123 says:

    I am true Yankee fan who truly believes Cashman will not do anything this winter .
    We won’t even win 80 games and then next year Cashman will panic and spend too much on mediocre pitchers
    We should start a petition to Hank and say fans will not buy any tickets until we have a winning team
    Aj is DONE
    Nova is still learning
    Hughes will get hurt
    Garcia will get pounded
    And cc will have one of his worst years