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The Yankees sniff around Ben Sheets, Justin Duchscherer

Dec 14, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

With Sabathia, Burnett and Pettitte ensconced 1-2-3, and with the Yankees talking up Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes as starters, and with the team tendering contracts to Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre, one would think that the last thing they’d need is another couple of starting pitchers.  According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, however, New York is looking at both Ben Sheets and Justin Duchscherer.

I’m bored today, so I’m going to assume that they’re doing that as a prelude to a big trade with Toronto for Roy Halladay that takes either Joba or Phil out of town with maybe Gaudin or someone being thrown in for ballast.  Let’s talk it up people. The internets are really quiet today.

(link via Jason at IIATMS

  1. Old Gator - Dec 14, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    yawn….naaahh…and anyway, if you think that’s all it would take for Toronto to let Halliday be made Borg, today isn’t just quiet, it’s in a protracted vegetal state.

  2. Kelly - Dec 14, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    I hear all of it is in the hopes of including the Twins in a three-team deal to bring Pavano back to the Bronx….

  3. Bret - Dec 14, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    I thought the Yankees were cutting payroll. So far they have replaced Melky Cabrera with a far more expensive center fielder, replaced Petitte with a much higher guaranteed contract, will probably get Damon on a similar deal and now Ben Sheets who will probably command Harden money (7.5 mill). By my calculations, that isn’t cutting payroll even if Matsui isn’t re-signed.

  4. YANKEES1996 - Dec 14, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Kelly, NOT FUNNY, the only reason that the Yankees would bring Carl Pavano back to NY is for him to give back the money he STOLE!!!

  5. YANKEES1996 - Dec 14, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    The contract that Granderson is under right now is actually going to save the club money, his contract is very reasonable especially if he returns to being the type of player he was 2 years ago. Andy Pettittes’ contract is not that much higher than last years and there is no way anyone is going to give Ben Sheets 7.5 million after being out of the game last year and coming off an injury. The Yankees may get Damon back if he goes for a 2 year deal and I don’t see them chasing Matsui at all due to his physical limitations. The Yankees looked at Sheets last year but did not move on him because of his injury. Ben Sheets would be a good signing but the contract they offer should be incentive laden like the contract that Wang might be offered.

  6. APBA Guy - Dec 14, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    They would do well to sniff around the surplus pitching, and the way Cashman is going this off-season, no doubt a prime consideration will be how well these potentials can pitch on the big stage. For both Duchscherer and Sheets are upside plays, but neither has pitched for a big team. If they do something like they did with Pettitte or the Red Sox did with Penny (low base salary, plus incentives) they can mitigate risk and trade or release as the mid year market dictates in the event of unsatisfactory performance.

  7. Deese Knutts - Dec 14, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    God, these conversations are so much nicer than the ones about Tim Leary, Andy Hawkins, and Dave LaPoint we used to have back in the day.

  8. Stultus Magnus - Dec 14, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Don’t want Halladay, sign Sheets or the Duke, that would be cool.

  9. Church of the Perpetually Outraged - Dec 14, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    I thought the Yankees were cutting payroll. So far they have replaced Melky Cabrera with a far more expensive center fielder, replaced Petitte with a much higher guaranteed contract, will probably get Damon on a similar deal and now Ben Sheets who will probably command Harden money (7.5 mill). By my calculations, that isn’t cutting payroll even if Matsui isn’t re-signed.

    As of now, Matsui and Damon cost $13M each and Wang was paid $5M, so they’ve “cut” $31M off the books and resigned Pettite to a $11M deal ($6M more than base last year not counting incentives) and Granderson is worth about $5M. They still have about $12-$15M to monkey around with before they hit the “cap”.

  10. John_Michael - Dec 14, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Signing each of these pitchers is as much about their upside performance as it is for future draft picks. Both of these pitchers have type A free agent potential. Signing them to an incentive laden deal can yield solid in-year results at a below market non-guaranteed price while yielding a first round draft pick when they hit FA the following year hoping for long(er) term guaranteed money.

  11. Jeff - Dec 14, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    And that doesn’t include the $2M that they aren’t spending on Molina this year. He’s being replaced by Frankie Cervelli, making the big league minimum. This is unlike the big-market Natinals, who are spending some $3M on their backup catcher….

  12. Simon DelMonte - Dec 14, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Sheets with lots of incentives makes sense. If he works out, you have flexibility with Joba and company vis a vis the bullpen and trades. If he doesn’t, the outlay is minimal (at least by big market team standards), and you still have the rest of your options.
    I can’t remember who it was, but a few seasons back, the Yankees signed a free agent who was out the whole season. I seem to recall him coming back, pitching well, and being useful in a trade. Signing Sheets really feels like the sort of thing that Yankees (Cashman) would do.
    Never mind the Sabathi-Sheets reunion tour.

  13. Simon DelMonte - Dec 14, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    I remembered who I meant. It was Jon Lieber, who took off all of ’03 and pitched decently in ’04, but left as a free agent.

  14. XTrust_No1X - Dec 15, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    I can’t believe this! While Cashman is sitting on his ass, Halladay is going to Phillie in a 3-team trade, that also includes Cliff lee(The Yankees next off-season target) going to Seattle, then The Yankees World Series MVP, Matsui is now signing with the Angels, John Lackey and Cammeron is going to Boston. And, AGAIN, the ASSHOLE CASHMAN is sitting on his fat ass doing nothing. OH wow-we, the Yankees BIG 0ff-seaon moves so far…the sign a third-stringer for centerfield, and resign Andy(I’m ready to retire, just let me steal another $11 million)Pettite…Stop the presses!!!! Give me a freaking break! I envisioned the Yankees trading for Halladay(And giving him a long contract extention), then signing John Lackey, Clone Figgins, re-signing Johnny Damon, Sign a couple of the best available relivers on the market, then, when Pettite retired after 2010, the Yankees would lock up Cliff Lee. Then, their starting rotation would’ve been CC Sabathia, Halladay, AJ Burnett, John Lackey and Cliff Lee. Now, what are the Yankees left with??? CC(let me gain another 100lbs)Sabathia, AJ(One hit of Acid away from insanity)Burnett, and an old, ready to retire Pettite. Big Freaking deal. Now the Yankees again are talking about having Joba and Hughes in the starting rotation. UNFREAKINGBELIEVEABLE!!! Oh, le’s not forget the yankees signed this bum Mitre or what ever his name is. And Chad Gaudin. OK, let’s just give the World Series trophy away before this season even starts! The first thing that Mr George Steinbrenner should do is FIRE his two idiot sons and the asshole Cashman, then go back to dribbling on himself….I’ve had it with the yankees! I usually attend at least 20 or more home games, in Field Box seats right behind the Yankees dugout! Well, they can shove they’re tickets where the sun don’t shine, cause after this last week, I no longer will attend any games and maybe, and that’s just a maybe, I might watch a game or two, just to see the Yankees get their asses kicked, thanks to that asshole cashman!!!

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