Yankees manager Joe Girardi tells the New York Daily News that he expects to go into the 2012 season with a rotation that includes CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett.
“I think we’ll look at maybe possibly adding some more depth to it, but I feel pretty good about these guys,” Girardi told the newspaper in a Tuesday telephone interview. “Our pitching was really overlooked last year, I thought. We threw the ball well all year long. Will we try to add one more veteran arm? It’s possible, but I feel pretty good about the guys we have in camp right now.”
Girardi does not seem to be expecting a big free agent along the lines of C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle or Edwin Jackson to be arriving in the Bronx.
“I think our club is starting to try to develop a little bit more,” Girardi said. “Sometimes you feel that you can overpay for pitching and it can cost you.”
The Daily News indicates the Yankees may be interested in trading for the Cubs’ Matt Garza, but are unwilling to move blue chip prospects like Jesus Montero or Manny Banuelos for him. The New York Post also notes that the Yankees could consider dealing Dellin Betances to the White Sox for John Danks.
It is little secret that the Yankees would like a big-time arm to slot behind CC Sabathia in their rotation, given the uncertainty their current hurlers may offer come October, but the Rockies’ asking price for Ubaldo Jimenez is still believed to be too rich.
The New York Post reported Wednesday that the Yankees have spent more time discussing relievers and, internally, have pessimism that they will be involved in a major deal before the Trade Deadline. Ownership is also not pushing general manager Brian Cashman to make a big move.
The Rockies’ original asking price for Jimenez, according to the Post, was left-hander Manny Banuelos, right-hander Dellin Betances and catcher Jesus Montero, plus right-hander Ivan Nova.
Cashman has been generally protective of those players, though he was willing to part with Montero last July when the Mariners were dangling Cliff Lee. He balked at including Nova in that deal.
Boone Logan has been the Yankees’ lone left-hander in the bullpen for nearly all of the season, and general manager Brian Cashman gave him a vote of confidence after a rocky start to the season. But the team is still looking for help in that department.
The New York Post reported that the Orioles and Cubs had scouts at Yankee Stadium on Monday, fueling speculation the Yankees have interest in left-handed relievers Mike Gonzalez of Baltimore and John Grabow of Chicago.
The Post also mentioned the White Sox’s Wil Ohman and the Marlins’ Randy Choate – a former Yankee – as possible Bombers targets, while noting that the Padres were surprised how tepid the Yankees’ interest was in Heath Bell and Mike Adams.
The Yankees also have veteran J.C. Romero in their system, having stowed him for the moment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He could be summoned to supplement Logan, who has been recently joined by 24-year-old lefty Steve Garrison, a call-up from Double-A Trenton who made his big league debut on Monday.
In the starting pitching department, the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reports that the Yankees have dispatched scouts to watch the Astros’ Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers, but have not inquired upon either player. The Star-Ledger noted that the Yankees have the prospects to acquire either pitcher, if they wanted.
The Yankees are also said to have expressed some level of interest in Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda, though Kuroda hasn’t yet been asked to waive his no-trade clause for any specific club.