Two of his three biggest moves have been for a position player, but Brian Cashman has insisted that “pitching, pitching, pitching” is his winter priority. He brought back Andy Pettitte during the Winter Meetings, he added CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett last winter, and Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain remain high potential starters (or relievers, but that’s a debate for another day). Chad Gaudin, Alfredo Aceves, Sergio Mitre, Ivan Nova and Zach McAllister provide depth.
If the Yankees want to add another starter, who should they target?
When Sam and I were asked about it during Thursday’s chat, we only slightly disagreed. I said Ben Sheets should be the top target, Sam said Justin Duchscherer, but we agreed that one of those two would make the most sense. Joe over at River Ave. Blues seems to agree.
Is there another free agent starter you’d like to see the Yankees go after?
I contend that most of the available arms — Jason Marquis, Doug Davis, Jon Garland and even Joel Pineiro coming off a great year — would provide only a marginal upgrade over Hughes or Chamberlain, if they provide an upgrade at all. Sheets and Duchscherer offer a chance a significant impact, and having Hughes and Chamberlain leaves the Yankees able to take on the risk associated with each. The only other name I would add to that list is Kelvim Escobar, but only on the smallest of contracs. He’s been a great pitcher, but he’s hardly pitched the past two years.
Who else do you like? Sheets, Duchscherer and Escobar are out there. Is there anyone else worth watching?