Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Yankees have made it no secrete that they'll be in the market for starting pitchers this summer with four fifths of their Opening Day rotation on the disabled list.

The Yankees don't really have what it takes to land someone like David Price or Cole Hammels, but second of third tier pitchers like Brandon McCarthy and Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks, who CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the Yankees have checked in on.

Heyman, though, says that talks are only in the early stages and that no deal is close. But these things can move fast, and anything could happen at any time.

I've spent a lot of time over the past coulpe of weeks looking around the league for decent starting pitching upgrades over what the Yankees have now, and not once did Danks draw my interest with his 4.35 ERA this season. Not to mention, has about $34 million to go on his contract through 2016, including the $14.25 million he's due this year.

With the loss of CC Sabathia and the trade that sent Vidal Nuno to Arizona, the Yankees currently don't have any left-handed pitchers in their rotation, but the only way that I'd bring in Danks is if the White Sox are willing to eat most of his ugly contract. If not, don't bother with him.

Heyman also notes that the White Sox are looking for young players and prospects as they continue their rebuild, and unless the Yankees could give up minimal talent for him, then it would be a little more OK, but not very much.


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