Regardless of how the C.C. Sabathia negotiations go, the Yankees will probably need to add another starting pitcher via free agency. Ivan Nova and A.J. Burnett are solid, but the Yankees have a lot of question marks beyond them. I wouldn’t be too comfortable with more than one farm system audition spot going into the season. The Yankees need some insurance to eat innings.
Bringing back Freddy Garcia is one option. I think the Yankees would be smart to offer him arbitration, and would be OK with one year of Freddy at $6 million or so next season. If he accepts, they could use him as insurance, and at the same time I think he would be easily trade-able. Bartolo Colon is similar, although I think we might be more comfortable with Freddy. Worst case scenario, they get a draft pick out of it (if Freddy remains a Type B, we’re not sure yet).
That’s great, but I think the Yankees should aim a little higher and put a bid in for Mark Buehrle. He’s likely a Type B free agent who wouldn’t cost the Yankees a draft pick. Buehrle had a solid 2011, but not enough to price himself out of what the Yankees can spend on a #3 starter. He’s a consistent innings eater who will keep the Yankees in games, but old enough hopefully to not cost too much. Think about a late-career Andy Pettitte.
I’ll put a number to it: I’d offer Buerhle something like 3 years, $34 million to come to the Yankees. I really don’t know what the market is like for his services, although I did see a rumor somewhere that he’s looking for a 2-year deal. I think that the Yankees can outmatch the dollars on any 2-year deal from anyone in the majors without it being a bad deal.
He’s not *that* much more expensive than Freddy Garcia, and worlds better. Buerhle is insurance against potential busts from the farm system, Phil Hughes continuing to frustrate, Ivan Nova’s injury getting worse, etc. He’s about as safe a bet as a 33 year old pitcher gets.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- lululemon factory outlet on Contact Us
- Cary on Will R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Succeed In A Domed Stadium?
- Brenna on Links: Prospects, Support for A-Rod, Mariano is Love and Who’s in Center?
- Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale Singapore on The Monthly Prospector: April Edition
- Authentic Louis Vuitton Outlet Store on The Monthly Prospector: June Edition
- Louis Vuitton Outlet San Diego on Banuelos to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Yankees Prospectors to Undergo Grief Counseling
- related web site on The Great Subway Race
- get your lover back on Contact Us
- Dorothy Silvan on Pineda’s Torn Labrum, or Does the lemon law apply to baseball?
- tao of badass on Open Thread | Game 3 | Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees | Sunday, April 3, 2011
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees