Yankees 2014 Trade Deadline: Pitching Options

Unlike Leonardo Dicaprio not striking gold for his performance on “The Wolf Of Wall Street”, let’s hope Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman does, in July’s Trade Deadline.

It’s simple: The Yankees need another starting pitcher. That’s no secret. With C.C Sabathia out until, likely, after the All-Star break and Michael Pineda out t’ll August, or might not ever comeback, the Yankees are gonna need help down the line.

But the question will be: Are the Yankees gonna spend big for starter, or take the sales price? No, no, I’m not saying whether the Yankees will get Chris Sale or David Price. I’m saying the opposite. ‘Sales price’ meaning: the cheaper pitcher. The backend of the rotation, pitcher. Might be the right way to go.

Pineda – I don’t think is gonna comeback this season. Sabathia – will comeback but we don’t know in what form.

Masahiro Tanaka has been the ace. Hiroki Kuroda has pitched solid and kept the Yankees in games but I find worrisome since he’s 39-years old and pitched a lot of innings for the in the past two seasons. Chase Whitley has been a pleasant surprise, just don’t know how long he’s gonna be this good.

The rest — David Phelps and Vidal Nuno, are uncertain.

Let’s take a look at the potential options for the Yankees, for the deadline.


The Cleveland Indians are totally not out of it, with a 33-35 record in June, but Masterson is a free agent to be come this offseason and might not re-sign with Cleveland in this offseason.

Bad thing is, Masterson is not having a good season. He’s allowed 32 runs in his last ten games. Wouldn’t necessarily help the Yankees at this point.


Hammel is a pitcher the Yankees should get. A pitcher who can fill in that 3 or 4 spot in the rotation, in a big way.

Hammel has a 6-4 record, with a 2.81 ERA and 76 strikeouts, though, only walked 18 batters in his 13 starts this season — which is pretty impressive.

Problem with Hammel is, two things: He’s not a dominating starter and these stats he put up are in the National League. Can he continue this success in the American League?

The Yankees do not want to trade prospects for a pitcher that’s gonna do what Phelps is doing, or what Nuno’s doing. Yes, Hammel is more experienced than Nuno and Phelps, but do the Yankees want that pitcher whose gonna pitch a shutout in October — that’s the main question.

Hammel is nice. Don’t if he’s worth giving up young prospects.


A name that hasn’t been mentioned much.

Philadelphia Phillies are looking way out of postseason contention this season, but I don’t know if they’re willing to give up on Hamels.

Hamels is making $22 million a year, with four years left on his contract.

Phillies could give him up, and if they do, he might not cost much since he’s got that big contract. If the Yankees were interested in him, they would just have to eat up that contract.

I like Hamels, alot; he’s got postseason/championship pedigree and has pitched well in those postseason games. Hamels loves the spotlight in October. His postseason record is: 7-4 with a 3.09 ERA.

And only 30-years old.


Another back-of-the-rotation pitcher, that can eat up a lot of innings.

I like Colon, though how much is he gonna worth? How much will the Mets ask for him?


Impossible to get. Would love to have Niese on the Yankees rotation, would help immensely, but he’s gonna cost a lot. And he ain’t gonna come cheap from the Mets, if the Yankees come calling for him.

Although the Mets and Yankees are the perfect trade partners, if you think about it. Mets have a bevy of arms that the Yanks need and the Yanks have a bundle of catchers that can start and help the Mets, right now.

Can the Yankees and Mets come in peace and make a trade?


Then there’s this guy! Every year Lee is rumored to come to the Yankees, but this year there may not be any rumors about coming to the Bronx. Because the 35-year old lefty is on the D.L; he’s schedule to come back later this month or next.

I could see Lee pitching well, after coming off the D.L.

Yankees would have to pay Lee $25 million this season and next. I don’t know if that would be the right thing to do for a 35-year old, whose on the D.L. Yankees seem to have enough of old injured players.


Arroyo can help. Arroyo can pitch deep into innings. And Arroyo can pitch in the postseason.

This is what the Yankees need. Someone who can eat up a lot of innings, a competitor and a postseason winner. Arroyo has all that.

The Yankees are missing Andy Pettitte’s, where if Sabathia or Kuroda had a rough game, Pettitte was there to back them up. Arroyo can be the Pettitte to Tanaka, Sabathia and Kuroda of this season.

I could very well see Arroyo pitching the Bronx, next month.


The big dog of this deadline.

Samardzija is probably the Cliff Lee of 2009 or 2010, of this trade deadline. Whichever contender gets him, will probably go far in the postseason.

But are the Yankees in for Samardzija. I would say: yes.

The only problem is, if the Yankees have enough prospects to get him. Sure, Yankees have grown a lot of prospects in the farm this season, though is it enough to compete with the other teams’ farm system.

Samardzija does have no-trade clause on his contract, which is interesting.

Bad thing about him, he’s from the National League. He did pitch well against the Yankees, when the Yanks went to Wrigley Field to face the Chicago Cubs and pitched seven scoreless innings. I’ll be a challenge for him to carry that success over to the American League with DHs.

There’s no doubt Samardzija has the potential to pitch well in the postseason. He can strikeout you out, and he can get you out. He can strike you out with his devastating slider or ground you out, because his stuff is so heavy. That can be tough to hit in a cold October playoff night.

Samardzija has made it very clear that he’s very interested in coming to the Yankees.

The Yankees front office might wanna go all out this season, since this being Derek Jeter’s last season.

With a Tanaka-Samardzija one-two punch, spells W-O-R-L-D S-E-R-I-E-S.

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