Jay Greenberg thinks Brian Cashman will not trade for Cliff Lee.
And, many seem to believe that the Yankees don’t need another starting pitcher – given how the season has unfolded so far.
Me? I’m not sold on the Yankees starters.
Hey, I’ve got no worries on CC Sabathia. He seems to have hit high gear and he’s a horse, period.
Andy Pettitte has been super – better than one could have hoped for, in truth. But, he’s no spring chicken. Can he keep it up? I hope so…but, I’ve also seen pitchers his age wear down as the season gets into the second half.
Phil Hughes? He was outstanding at the start of the season. But, he’s come down to earth recently. He hasn’t been terrible. But, will he stay “not great but not terrible,” or, will he slide down from that position now? I don’t think we can say that he won’t slide down, for sure. Young pitchers sometimes have these issues.
And, then there’s A.J. Burnett and Javy Vazquez – the great when they’re good and terrible when they’re bad twins. Hey, with these guys every start is a roll of the dice. And, that’s risky, if you ask me.
So, you have “The Ace” (Sabathia) and “Old Reliable” (Pettitte) followed by “The Kid” (Hughes) and “The Unreliables” (Burnett and Vazquez).
Because of Pettitte and Hughes’ age, and the concerns on counting on Vazquez and Burnett, if the Yankees could swing a deal with the M’s – giving them Vazquez and some prospects for Lee – I wouldn’t be too upset about it…even if it is a rent-a-player deal for Lee.