No interest in C.J. Wilson.
No interest in Hiroki Kuroda.
No interest in Roy Oswalt.
No (apparent) interest in Edwin Jackson.
No good deals out there on the trade market, and John Danks just signed an extension to keep him with the White Sox.
So where should the Yankees look to improve the rotation?
I have absolutely no faith in this happening. At all. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a worthwhile strategy. I will, however, point out the flaws first. Joba Chamberlain will obviously be coming off of Tommy John Surgery and his control probably won’t be all there and there might be some tough innings to sit through. It’s also worth acknowledging that in his immediately-post-TJS, Joba may not be a huge upgrade over what the Yankees have now.
But, there are plenty of reasons to do this. First, coming off the injury, they’re basically starting from scratch. They can use the rehab time to rebuild Joba’s arm strength to get him back up to starting shape. Second, he’s still young enough and potential-laden enough that he could turn into something better than what the Yankees have. Third, and potentially most importantly, he is just more insurance in case A.J. Burnett is still A.J. Burnett and/or Phil Hughes doesn’t right himself or gets injured again. We should also note that Joba’s youth and recent lack of starting experience will help keep his costs down during arbitration and on the off chance he does return to starting and performs well, he’ll be a cheap rotation option going forward.
I’m seriously grasping at anything I can over here, considering the complete lack of movement for pitching on the Yankees’ part. Is this likely to happen? Not in the least. Do I care? Not that much. It’s a long shot to happen, but it should definitely be considered.
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