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Yankees looking to add starter by New Year’s

The Yankees will “almost certainly” add a starting pitcher by New
Year’s Day, the New York Post reported on Monday, according to a Major
League source.

The Post reported that Yankees GM Brian Cashman
is believed to have inquired about Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano, but it
is more probable the Yankees will go the free-agent route, selecting
from a pool that includes Jason Marquis, Joel Pineiro and Ben Sheets,
any of whom would fit into the No. 4 rotation slot.

acknowledged at the Winter Meetings that he has interest in Marquis.
The Yankees have been cautious regarding Sheets’ high salary requests
and Pineiro is seeking a four-year deal which the Yankees would be
reluctant to offer.

UPDATE 3:44 p.m. Looks like you can cross Marquis off that short list. He has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Nationals.

Are the Yankees done?

telephone.jpgBrian Cashman may be on vacation this week, but Ken Rosenthal suggests that the Yankees aren’t done yet. At, he wonders if they’ll make a few serious calls about Ben Sheets and/or Juan Cruz before all is said and done.

The Yankees did kick the tires on Sheets back at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, but Sheets has had trouble finding a club willing to take a chance after he experienced injury problems late last year.

With the Andy Pettitte standoff dragging on and his chances apparently dwindling by the day, Sheets represents another choice should the Yankees really not be comfortable with selecting their fifth starter out of the group of Phil Hughes, Alfredo Aceves, Ian Kennedy and Phil Coke.

Cruz would be an addition to a back end of the bullpen, and a welcome one to those who have their doubts about Damaso Marte and Brian Bruney setting up. The rest of the relief corps is certainly amenable to an upgrade, with contenders like Edwar Ramirez and Jose Veras not promised anything heading into the spring.

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