Latest On Yankees’ Pursuit Of Starting Pitching

Here’s the latest on the Yankees’ search for starting pitchers, via CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Heyman covers a long list of potential options, so be sure to click over to his article.

  • John Danks of the White Sox appears to be among the Yankees’ top possibilities, Heyman writes. Heyman reported last week that the Yankees and White Sox were discussing a possible Danks deal. Danks, 29, has a 4.40 ERA with 6.3 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 131 innings for Chicago this season. His contract, which will pay him $14.25MM in both 2015 and 2016, shouldn’t be a huge obstacle, although Heyman notes that Danks’ declining velocity (with a drop in his average fastball from 91.6 MPH in 2011 to 88.2 MPH this season) might be a concern.
  • The Yankees do not seem to be discussing an Ian Kennedy deal with the Padres.
  • New York isn’t currently thinking hard about acquiring Cliff Lee from the Phillies, since he’s currently working his way back from injury and should be able to clear waivers in August. The Yankees may not have the prospects necessary to acquire Cole Hamels, and he’s “barely available” anyway. The Yankees are not believed to want A.J. Burnett to return.
  • The Yankees are more likely to consider signing Jon Lester in the offseason than to trade for him.


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46 Comments on "Latest On Yankees’ Pursuit Of Starting Pitching"


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Cdiaz
11 months 9 days ago

Yankess go after dan haren & paul maholm lol you guys need more veteran presence lol

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Karkat
11 months 9 days ago

I’m trying to imagine the Yankees attempting to make a trade for Lester xD

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Brian Lynch
11 months 9 days ago

I’m trying to imagine them trying to make a trade for anyone when they have nothing to offer.

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JacobyWanKenobi
11 months 9 days ago

I’m trying to imagine a new joke.

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oswald
11 months 9 days ago

I’m not even sure that was supposed to be a joke. Unless of course you were talking about the Yankees farm system, which is, indeed, a joke.

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Nuke Guy
11 months 9 days ago

I wouldn’t say that at all. They’re average right now, but everyone expects them to shoot up in the top-10 after this year’s international signing spree.

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MB923
11 months 9 days ago

Keep thinking that. Most sites ranked them from 16th through 23rd in the offseason. So what does that make the 7-14 teams farm systems that are worse than the Yankees?

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JacobyWanKenobi
11 months 9 days ago

That’s a pretty mediocre joke. Anywhere from a third to half of all remaining farms would be much funnier jokes.

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Douglas Rau
11 months 9 days ago

Yet they still found a way to trade for Brandon McCarthy, who’s given them 3 straight quality starts, and Chase Headley, who is 8-23 (.348) with a homer and 3 RBIs in his first week with his new club.

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Yanksfan2010
11 months 9 days ago

Their is no way the Red Sox would trade Lester to the Yankees even if we had a real good prospect package to send to them. If they trade him it will be outside the American League East.

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NH Yankee fan
11 months 9 days ago

Ellsbury could play a huge role in Lester coming here via FA. Don’t discount that!

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Victoria Roberts
11 months 9 days ago

Ellsbury didn’t have many friends in Boston. He was close with Jed Lowrie if that helps

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BucknerRulz86
11 months 9 days ago

Exactly, which is why he jumped ship quick.

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MB923
11 months 9 days ago

Source? (Not saying I don’t believe you though)

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Ralph Esposito
11 months 9 days ago

Buenelos, Judge and Sanchez for Danks and Beckham. Yankees pick up the rest of J.D.’s contract as well.

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Stratocaster
11 months 9 days ago

No way Judge or Sanchez go in a deal like this. If the Yankees trade for Danks it’ll be a salary dump for Chicago with a low level B or C prospect going back. The only way the WS get a better prospect is if they eat a ton of Danks’ salary.

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Ralph Esposito
11 months 9 days ago

Yankees are hurting financially aren’t they. I was wondering why the clubhouse buffet spread was looking a little chinsy.

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Douglas Rau
11 months 9 days ago

You’re not getting any of those 3 guys. Yankees are only talking to the White Sox BECAUSE he won’t command top prospects. And the Yankees are not in the business of bailing other teams out of bad contracts either. The White Sox are going to have to eat a ton of that.

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ImDaBaron
11 months 9 days ago

The White Sox eating a small or giant portion of Danks contract shouldnt be a problem. Plenty of room on the payroll for next year.

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Nuke Guy
11 months 9 days ago

No way. If the Yankees acquire Danks and eat his salary, the White Sox will get just a decent prospect (Peter O’Brien at best). Now, the White Sox can eat most of his salary and get a couple of decent prospects (Peter O’Brien and Miguel Andujar or something like that).

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Ralph Esposito
11 months 9 days ago

I guess that means Piscotty and Martinez for Danks and Lindstrom/Beliserio might be a better haul. For New York, no Danks for you. You’ve got Capuano anyway.

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Nuke Guy
11 months 9 days ago

I’m fine with that. I don’t want the Yankees to get Danks anyway. A few years ago, sure. But not now.

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Ralph Esposito
11 months 9 days ago

You have better contracts to choose from than Danks. There’s Bartolo Colon. Edwin Jackson. Cliff Lee. Whoops! I guess Danks doesn’t look so bad anymore does he? Unless you don’t like under 30 lefthanders that is.

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Nuke Guy
11 months 9 days ago

I’d take Cliff Lee over any of them. Danks is a back-end starter and the Yankees have enough of those. Not to mention, he had a serious shoulder surgery. I have no problem with under 30 left-handers. I don’t like John Danks.

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Ralph Esposito
11 months 9 days ago

Tommy John is not a shoulder surgery.

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Nuke Guy
11 months 9 days ago

I thought you were a White Sox fan. I figured you would have known about his torn shoulder capsule.

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Ralph Esposito
11 months 9 days ago

Then go get Cliff Lee who is what, 38 and owed $50+ million. I wish you were the Yankees g.m.

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MB923
11 months 9 days ago

Cliff Lee >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> John Danks

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MB923
11 months 9 days ago

You are overvaluing Danks.

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Ralph Esposito
11 months 9 days ago

You are certainly overvaluing the Yankees farm system. How many stars have come up through their system since 1996? A lot of overrated prospects.

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MB923
11 months 9 days ago

Probably a lot more than the White Sox have (and their farm system is worse than the Yankees).

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Guacamole
11 months 7 days ago

Let’s see. Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Phil Hughes, Austin Jackson, Dionner Navarro, Melky Cabrera . . . Not quite an all-star team, but you try to build a strong system when you’re always in the last 4-5 teams to pick.

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Jonas Salk
11 months 9 days ago

Danks is easily the second best, and possibly he best, pitcher the Yankees would have in their starting rotation if they did acquire him. That might not be saying much, but to pretend he wouldn’t help them or improve their starting pitching is so ridiculous. Now it is just a matter of figuring out what that is worth and if the Yankees feel they have a legit shot at anything.

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MB923
11 months 9 days ago

“Danks is easily the second best, and possibly he best, pitcher the
Yankees would have in their starting rotation if they did acquire him”

I Really hope you are joking, but very sadly I don’t think you are.

ERA+
Greene- 122
Kuroda – 99
Phelps- 105
McCarthy – 275 (yeah I”ll enjoy it while it lasts lol)

Danks – 90

Danks, like he is now, would be a backend starter at best if he was a Yankee. To say he would be the Yankees #1 or #2 pitcher is Ridiculous.

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Jonas Salk
11 months 9 days ago

No it’s not. He has a WAR higher than anyone on their entire starting staff.

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MB923
11 months 9 days ago

I think you want to re-check your numbers. You must be looking at the numbers for Danks’ best season which came about 3 or 4 years ago

Danks’ WAR is 0.8 in 131 innings

Kuroda – 1.8
Whitley – 1.0
Phelps – 0.9
McCarthy – 0.5 (in 18 innings)
Greene – 0.4 (in 24 innings)

Just give it up. You clearly want your team to give up a subpar pitcher with a terrible contract.

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jjs91
11 months 9 days ago

It really doesn’t mean that. I don’t think you understand Dank’s value.