Yankees Pursuing Justin Duchscherer

The Yankees are 'stepping up' their pursuit of Justin Duchscherer, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. It's not clear whether the Yankees are interested in the right-hander as a starter or as a reliever.

Duchscherer, who dealt with depression issues in Oakland, also missed time because of serious injuries. He underwent right elbow surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2009 season and started just five games in 2010, missing time after a left hip operation.

The Pirates, A's and Red Sox have also been linked to Duchscherer this offseason, though Boston has made substantial additions to its staff since expressing interest and may no longer be a fit.

A two-time All-Star, the 33-year-old has a 3.13 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 454 2/3 career innings. The Yankees have also expressed interest in Jeff Francis and Jeremy Bonderman as they look to solidify a pitching staff that may not include Andy Pettitte.


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113 Comments on "Yankees Pursuing Justin Duchscherer"


roberty
4 years 7 months ago

Might as well.

bobmac
4 years 7 months ago

Great move.

Since_77
4 years 7 months ago

This guy is a real project, depression, elbow surgery.

MaineluvstheSox
4 years 7 months ago

This is not the yankee style. Not reclaim projects. I smell desperation.

4 years 7 months ago

Yes, desperation to fill a middle relief spot or a fifth starter. You got us, Sox fan. The Yankees have never taken on reclaim projects like Marcus Thames, Richie Sexton or Sean Chacon.

Where you have you head stuck, it’s not desperation you smell.

4 years 7 months ago

Wow, Sean Chacon, there’s a reference.

IHateJoeBuck
4 years 7 months ago

How was Marcus Thames a reclaim project?

yabud
4 years 7 months ago

Considering how miniscule his contract would be and how padded the yankees wallet is, It’s a good shot in the dark.

Chris1G
4 years 7 months ago

i just want to know what everyone will say if he ends up doing good this year. Everyone not a Yankee fan is saying it’s a desperation move, what if he does good though what will everyone say then? Oh the Yanks ended up taking a player from a small market team where he could have rebuilt his career and maybe helped that team compete. Either way i think the Yankees are going to get a lot of grief for signing this guy. No matter how you slice it the yankees will get blamed for something for signing him.

METfan201
4 years 7 months ago

Bondermans a better fit. They shouldve went after penny instead of JD

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 7 months ago

As a redsox fan i can say it would have been great to see brad penny in a yankees uniform.

Cards_Fan_93
4 years 7 months ago

as a cardinals fan id say the same thing

MB923
4 years 7 months ago

Why, to see a repeat of what we saw of Brad Penny in a Red Sox uniform in 2009? hehe, we enjoyed that. Same for Smoltz.

zach_puke
4 years 7 months ago

and gagne

z3rogs
4 years 7 months ago

Not as much as we enjoyed Javy Vazquez!

4 years 7 months ago

and Paul Byrd

4 years 7 months ago

and Paul Byrd

4 years 7 months ago

Duke’s got way, way more upside than Bonderman.

johnsilver
4 years 7 months ago

Was wondering if anyone would ever try this guy. nobody else on the entire market (outside of lee) worth even having in a rotation other than him. Might as well try and get him and roll the dice and see if his arm can hold up.

Edit:
Penny and his part time curveball might have been a possibility, but he has already struggled in the AL east and shown it with Boston even with a good pitching coach (John Farrell) when he only has that straight as an arrow 95+ FB he has to rely on gets nailed. Batters just sit back and wait on it and no matter how hard it is.. It has no movement and u have throw that curve in the dirt some games, batters know what is coming.

Slopeboy
4 years 7 months ago

Pass!!

Ferrariman
4 years 7 months ago

hey he got 3mil last season, whats the harm in a 1mil gamble. thats like .5% of the payroll.

gunsnascar
4 years 7 months ago

I would be happy to see the yanks trade a bag of baseballs to the cubs for zambrano and soriano and 100% of their contracts.

Z can help them as their starter and soriano can help them as their DH

ellisburks
4 years 7 months ago

With Zambrano’s control problems and emotional problems he would get destroyed in the AL East and New York and Soriano doesn’t walk and the Yankees already have a full-time DH with a bunch of other players they can rotate in there that are way better hitters overall than Soriano.
Also, just because the Yankees have money, doesn’t mean they are willing to pony up almost $40 mil for another teams monumental underachievers.
And this is coming from a Red Sox fan.

ubercubsfan
4 years 7 months ago

what would it take to pry gardner from the yanks? Z+Colvin?

gunsnascar
4 years 7 months ago

I would never trade colvin if I was them.

ubercubsfan
4 years 7 months ago

Colvin + Z would get that speedy leadoff man that the Cubs have been in desperate need of for awhile.

4 years 7 months ago

Juan Pierre?
-wtk

4 years 7 months ago

Colvin is one of the best upside guys in the entire Cub organization, and he’s only going to get better. I’m pretty sure we dealt enough big talent this month. We need someone else dependable out there besides Byrd.

ubercubsfan
4 years 7 months ago

Unless Colvin gets more speed and can steal bases he can be replaced with someone that can.

Chuck345
4 years 7 months ago

However, Zambrano would not be counted on as an ace and less would have been expected of him here as opposed to in Chicago. Who knows, maybe a change of scenery could have helped him? I can see it as both a potential for a disaster but at the same time, I wouldn’t be shocked if he thrived in a NY environment.

ubercubsfan
4 years 7 months ago

I’d like to think that all the ‘bigger’ people on the Yankee’s would pull him to the side and tell him that that’s not the way they do it in NY and to respect the game. You have to think putting on the NYY uniform has to humble some people to a degree from just the history of the team.

ellisburks
4 years 7 months ago

I hope you are beind sarcastic.

ubercubsfan
4 years 7 months ago

You can’t say being among players that are truly stars that WILL be in the HOF that it won’t humble you at all. I believe that it would humble Z and bring him down to earth.

ellisburks
4 years 7 months ago

“The Great Yankees” will not cure Zambrano. He has an attitude problem and a rage problem and those can only be fixed if he decides to do something about it. It will not be fixed by a Jeter/A-Rod sleepover. He needs therapy and is probably already getting it. More than likely the rest of the Yankees will be worried about their own problems and not taking on Zambrano’s problems too. As would most of the players in the major leagues.

ubercubsfan
4 years 7 months ago

Well I do believe he’s in therapy now. I believe it was one of the conditions to be able to come back to the Cubs after he was put on the restricted list. He seemed much more calmer when he returned. Also, I believe the Cubs were dogging it a lot of the times when he goes off. He may fit in more with the Yankee fans if he demands his team to play to their abilities instead of playing dodgeball with a baseball.

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 7 months ago

But how long is he going to be calm this time? Zambrano is a classless clown.

ubercubsfan
4 years 7 months ago

I believe he’s taken a turn for the better. I really hope so too. He has the stuff to be really great when he’s on. Maybe at the trade deadline, his name might be on the block not because of antics, but because he’s pitching very well.

gunsnascar
4 years 7 months ago

I know it is about 36 mil per season for them but it is a way to get a potentially great starter while saving the cubs alot of cash and the yanks loose no draft picks.
If they trade Z for nothing other than they also take soriano the yanks can then flip soriano for something usefull to them maybe to the nationals.

I know this is just fantasy speculation but it isnt as silly as ya make it out to be.

Soriano came up with the yanks also.

stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

Soriano also already played for the Nationals, I highly doubt they are willing to go back down that road. There is a reason they didn’t pay him what Chicago did and I doubt they are wanting to now.

gunsnascar
4 years 7 months ago

In todays market players with high upside are getting paid what soriano is getting paid, its just a shame that soriano has not lived up to his hype in chicago. He has the same potential to put up simalar numbers as pooholes minus the walks.
Pooholes pay per year should approach 30 mil per year so soriano’s 18 mil per year isnt all that bad in that light.
Chicago needs nothing in return from that trade scenerio. even if they sent like 10 mil with them the cubs still have lots of good pieces in the minors. B Jackson could get his feet wet this year rather than next year and colvin could start in left.

El_Bobo
4 years 7 months ago

Do you realize you just compared Alfonso Soriano to Albert freakin Pujols?

mrjedsnyder
4 years 7 months ago

Soriano would have nowhere near Pujols’ BA or walks, so his OBP would also suffer. Further, his defense is a liability, not a strength. Add onto that the fact that he’s no guarantee to play in even half of his team’s games – and you lose all credibility.

ellisburks
4 years 7 months ago

It would be a trade that would end Cashman’s career in New York. There is not one point in that trade that would be benificial to the Yankees. Both players are overpaid and while, Z would provide a #4 pitcher he would not be a good fit in New York at all on so many levels.

4 years 7 months ago

If they’re willing to do this, why didn’t they go for the higher upside in Brandon Webb?….doesn’t make sense to me

4 years 7 months ago

Maybe because, unlike most posters on this site, the Yankees scouts have seen Webb throw?

gunsnascar
4 years 7 months ago

lol that is spot on right

4 years 7 months ago

Ah, OK I guess the Rangers, and all the other teams interested at the time have blind/retarded scouts. No need for snotty pointless comments kid….

gunsnascar
4 years 7 months ago

The chances of webb bouncing back is slim at best and the 3 mil they gave him is imho flushed down the toilet and I am so very glad that the cubs didnt over pay for webb also.

4 years 7 months ago

3 mil is NOTHING to the Yanks. Look, its the same risk, they both missed 2 years with injuries but Webb has the higher upside….thats the only point im trying to make here

jagteq
4 years 7 months ago

But his injury was considerably more serious. Is a perfectly healthy Webb better than a likewise healthy Duchscherer? Sure. Is a perfectly healthy Webb anywhere near as likely as a likewise healthy Duchscherer? No way.

zach_puke
4 years 7 months ago

David IS actually Brandon Webb 😉

Chuck345
4 years 7 months ago

If this further enhances the probability of NOT seeing Mitre start anymore games, I’m all for it.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

I would be happy going into 2011 w/ a rotation consisting Sabathia-Burnett-Hughes-Nova- And Not Mitre. Now introducing, the starting pitcher…#17…”Not Mitre”….#17…

dc21892
4 years 7 months ago

The best way to keep this guy on the field is probably as a reliever. If the Yankees do sign him, though, he’ll probably be competing for a rotation spot. They should look at Chris Young or Freddy Garcia as another arm to bring in to. You need depth, good or bad. The pitching for NY is very thin.

johnsilver
4 years 7 months ago

He has been reportedly looking for jobs this off season as a starter only. Maybe that is why he is still available at such a late date perhaps? i can’t see why he would still be out there, injury history and all if he would sign on as a reliever since he would be the perfect long guy many teams need.

4 years 7 months ago

1) Sign guy with stress/depression issues

2) Introduce him to media fishbowl and intense fans of NYC

3) ???

4) Profit

4 years 7 months ago

Only kidding. I am sure the Yanks will do their due diligence on how Duchscherer is holding up. And the psychological effects of pitching in NYC are probably overstated anyway.

4 years 7 months ago

Yea, and then after he blows his first lead for the Yanks, their wonderful fans will call his wife a “female dog”, dump beer on her, and finally, spit in her face….

Fangaffes
4 years 7 months ago

Not to mention the nickname that his name will certainly lead to.

Fangaffes
4 years 7 months ago

Not to mention the nickname that his name will certainly lead to.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve never heard a single incident when a Yankee player’s wife was treated badly. Stop creating things.

4 years 7 months ago

This guy is a beast when healthy

RepOak
4 years 7 months ago

Yankees looking desperate at this point…

gunsnascar
4 years 7 months ago

very desperate

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

What are you talking about? They kicking the tires of a couple of players that may help them. Desperate would be trading their entire farm for a marginal #3 SPer or taking on the salary of some of the players mentioned above.

Right now there are a few teams that have won the FA signing period. Who cares!!! Did San Fran win the FA signing period in 2010? I already stated this but San Fran was favored to win nothing at the start of the season or even at the all star break. As a matter of fact they were the weakest of the 8 teams to make the playoffs because of the lineup. The something happened…they actually started to hit. No one would have predicted a World Series victory at the start of the 2010 season for San Fran except for the most blindly devoted fans (nothing wrong with that by the way).

I believe the Yankees are behind only the Red Sox in the American League. They probably/should win the wild card & then anything can happen. Not what NY is paying for but then again who knows what kind of moves the Yankees may make at the all star break. Or how their young players will produce. Hughes, Montero, & Gardner could continue to evolve. Will Joba bounce back? Probably not but who know?

Remember teams do not win the World Series in January…the series is won in October I mean November!!!!

gunsnascar
4 years 7 months ago

very desperate

4 years 7 months ago

Why is it when another team goes after a guy like this it’s a “good gamble” but the Yankees are desperate? I think that if any other team with a spot in the rotation to fill signs him it’s “worth a shot” but since the New York Yankees do it it’s desperation. They missed out on Cliff Lee so anything short of trading for a former Cy Young award winner is desperation?

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

This is where your scouting system comes in, if Duchscherer can return to his old form he will be outstanding. Its a gamble the Yanks need to take at this point to try and catch lightning in a bottle. They only need him for half of the year or until they pick up the next stud on the market like Carpenter.

renegade24
4 years 7 months ago

“next stud on the market like Carpenter. ”
Huh?

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

Carpenter will be a free agent next year,and with the Cards resigning Pujols I don’t see them resigning Carpenter. To get something for him he might be traded mid season if the Cards are out of contention.

4 years 7 months ago

Carpenter also has a team option for 2012. By the time he reaches free agency he’ll be 37 and not exactly a “stud”.

Since_77
4 years 7 months ago

That’s a 15 million dollar option. The Cardinals have to re-sign Prince Albert for A-Rod type money, they may agree with you that he is not “exactly a stud” and make him available in a trade. They could use the prospects.

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

He’s pretty good, I would take him as a #2 starter.

4 years 7 months ago

My money is that Jim Duchsherer will be the number 1 starter…the number 1 starter to go the disabled list, the number 1 starter to be out for the year, the number 1 starter to have season ending surgery, and the number 1 starter to remind yankee fans of the Carl Pavano era! Tread carefully, Brian Cashman!

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

But he is going to be there #5 SPer. Not a huge loss like Pavano who is was supposed to be a #2.

4 years 7 months ago

Carpenter also has a team option for 2012. By the time he reaches free agency he’ll be 37 and not exactly a “stud”.

renegade24
4 years 7 months ago

“next stud on the market like Carpenter. ”
Huh?

4 years 7 months ago

Duchsherer returning to his “old form” would mean long stretches on the DL and multiple surgeries. Even if I were a yankees hater, I wouldn’t wish “the Duke” and his “old form” on any team in MLB.

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

This is where your scouting system comes in, if Duchscherer can return to his old form he will be outstanding. Its a gamble the Yanks need to take at this point to try and catch lightning in a bottle. They only need him for half of the year or until they pick up the next stud on the market like Carpenter.

levendis
4 years 7 months ago

honestly its not a bad move if they sign him, hes better than Mitre, Francis or Bonderman. My guess is Pettite is not coming back if they are heavily pursuing him. I think the Yankees have the intent of having Nova as their 5th starter, and probably wont sign any starter if Pettite returns. It also always good to know Duscherer can probably do a solid job out of the bullpen if he doesnt fair well as a starter.

4 years 7 months ago

You mean you don’t like Sergio “I Only Serve Fine Kobe Beef Filet Mignon On My” Mitre?

levendis
4 years 7 months ago

honestly its not a bad move if they sign him, hes better than Mitre, Francis or Bonderman. My guess is Pettite is not coming back if they are heavily pursuing him. I think the Yankees have the intent of having Nova as their 5th starter, and probably wont sign any starter if Pettite returns. It also always good to know Duscherer can probably do a solid job out of the bullpen if he doesnt fair well as a starter.