Lefty bat on Yankees’ wish list

The Yankees are continuing to shop for a left-handed bat, as the New York Post notes today, and Brian Cashman is hoping to pluck one from the trade market by dangling his sudden wealth of starting pitching.

If the Yankees found an interested taker for an A.J. Burnett trade, that’d occupy most of the day, but the chances of a club taking on any significant portion of Burnett’s two years and $33 million remaining still seem slim. For the moment, they’ve got seven starters to fit into five rotation slots, but Joe Girardi wasn’t ready to give any serious thought to that problem now. As Joe Torre famously pointed out, those decisions usually take care of themselves anyway.

It’s still possible the Yankees could play around with free agents like Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui, but Cashman is making the point that it’s not essential to go that route. Here’s Cashman’s take on the DH situation in the post-Jesus Montero landscape, as he outlined during the Jorge Posada press event:

“I think we’re going to look to trade from our excess pitching first and explore if there are some matches that way before we even explore what the free agent opportunities are. At this stage, we have a lot of guys that are going to utilize that position on the team, whether it’s days of rest for A-Rod, Jeter, Tex, Cano, Swisher, whatever. I think the trade route is something I’ll explore for a little while here, first and foremost.”

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I would love to see the Yanks make a radical move ie… trade A.J, Phil and Nick to Baltimore for Adam Jones. Burnett would immediately become Baltimore’s #1 and Phil would fit in their rotation in the 3 or 4 slot. The Yanks would get a much better outfielder and financial relief that could be used to get a Roy Oswalt or an Edwin Jackson as well as a dh and still lower the payroll. The need for one of the aforementioned pitchers is not to build a six man rotation but someone will be needed to cover for injuries or ineffectiveness.
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