• Yanks Interested In Duchscherer & Sheets?

    Posted by on December 14th, 2009 · Comments (5)

    Does this mean that Britt Burns is not available?

    Via Mark Feinsand

    Even after bringing back Andy Pettitte and tendering contracts to Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre, the Yankees are looking for more pitching.

    Brian Cashman is looking to add at least one more starter from outside the organization to a rotation that includes CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Pettitte, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. Such a move would allow him to move Hughes and/or Chamberlain to the bullpen.

    While Cashman continues to monitor the Roy Halladay situation in Toronto, the general manager is looking at a couple of pitchers coming back from arm surgery: Justin Duchscherer and Ben Sheets.

    Neither righthander pitched in 2009; Sheets has the longer track record. The Yankees have spoken with Sheets’ agent, Casey Close, but Sheets is looking for $11 million-$12 million after earning $11 million in 2008 – a price the Yankees are unlikely to meet. The Yankees were interested in signing him as a free agent last winter, but they opted to sign Burnett instead. Sheets went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 2008, but there are questions about how he would fare in the American League after pitching his entire career in the NL with the Brewers.

    Duchscherer, 32, went 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in 2008, his first as a starter after four years in the A’s bullpen. He was chosen to the American League All-Star team in 2005 as a reliever, then again in 2008 as a starter. He had elbow surgery during spring training, then battled a bout of clinical depression in August.

    Several reports have suggested that Duchscherer and his agent are allowing interested teams to speak with his therapist in addition to reviewing his medical reports. Cashman confirmed that he has spoken to Damon Lapa, Duchscherer’s agent, but he would not say whether he would speak with the therapist.

    Wow. This is a tough choice: The totally brittle body or the somewhat brittle body and mind?

    Reminds me of when Batman had to choose between the lady and the tiger.

    Comments on Yanks Interested In Duchscherer & Sheets?

    1. Corey
      December 14th, 2009 | 12:33 pm

      If we are going to sign a former ace who’s been on the dl all of last year to a multi-million dollar deal, I’d rather sign our former ace.

    2. Evan3457
      December 14th, 2009 | 1:01 pm

      Well, certainly, you wouldn’t sign Sheets at his asking price.

      But take a flyer on one of them for a back of the rotation slot? Sure; why not.

      You have to do something to hold Hughes’ innings down anyway.

      You start him in the pen, then build up his arm to start if the this injurt re-hab starter doesn’t get the job done, while, at the same time, grooming a middle reliever to take over at set-up.

      If either is willing to accept a reasonable price, I’d take the gamble.

    3. Scout
      December 14th, 2009 | 1:48 pm

      So would I, with Sheets. He is ready to pitch now; Wang will be fortunate to take the mound in May or June.

    4. Corey
      December 14th, 2009 | 2:14 pm

      @ Scout:
      For how long, though?

      For sure, this isn’t going to be a “flyer” type signing, as there are a lot of lesser teams that might be willing to overpay for a higher profile pitcher coming off major injury. Certainly, 30 teams would send him a spring training invite.

    5. 77yankees
      December 14th, 2009 | 11:59 pm

      At least the brittle body and mind is used to pitching in the AL.

      Is it Batman choosing between the lady or the Tiger……or Tiger choosing between his lady and uh…………..I’m too tired to come up with a punchline.

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