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Justin Duchscherer could go back to the A's

Dec 23, 2009, 10:50 AM EDT

It was reported on Monday that Justin Duchscherer has offers from three clubs and as poised to make his decision shortly. Today Buster Olney says that he could land right back where he started with the A’s.

The Yankees had been one team inquiring about him, but now that their take-a-chance-on-a-comeback-candidate strategy has been jettisoned, Duchscherer may decide to simply go back to that with which he is familiar. 

  1. DiamondDuq - Dec 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    I’m trying to figure out why the Yankees “take-a-chance-on-a-comeback-candidate strategy has been jettisoned”. From where I sit, signing either Duchscherer or Sheets would be a great move that allows them tons of flexibility. The acquisition of Vasquez doesn’t necessarily mean the Yankees have “jettisoned” their plans to take a chance on a comeback player. The signing of one of the two pitchers mentioned would provide the Yankees with an opportunity to keep both Joba and Hughes in the bullpen where they have both shined. At the very least it provides some insurance for a potentially failed attempt at being a starter by one of their young pitchers, for my money it would be Hughes because I think he’s more durable and doesn’t lose as much as Joba loses going from 1-2 innings to 5+ innings.

  2. APBA Guy - Dec 23, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    I think if you look at pitcher injury risk, having an “extra” pitcher is a great idea for a contender. Last year the Sox were praised for having this strategy in place, yet even they ran short of quality starts towards August due to injury and Penny’s ineffectiveness.
    The Yankees start the year with 3 guys who have a great history of innings consumption; Sabathia, Pettitte, and Vazquez. And last year they got 207 IP from Burnett, after a 220 IP 2008 with Toronto.
    So the possibility exists that they could have 4 starters each throwing 200+ IP.
    The possibility also exists that one or more of these guys could get a serious injury, in which case a “name” 5th starter has value. But Joba gave them 31 starts to a 4.75 ERA last year. That’s not bad for a 5th starter. It is not unreasonable to expect improvement from him in both ERA and IP this year. Of course, many also say he’s an injury waiting to happen.
    It’s an interesting situation there. I’d be thrilled to have those 5 starting for me April 1. I’d be less thrilled about taking a chance on Justin Duchscherer. I’d have concerns about his ability to pitch in New York. I might be more willing to take a chance on Ben Sheets.
    But could I count on either of those guys for 150 IP? Doubtful.

  3. YANKEES1996 - Dec 23, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    The Yankees are probably not going to take a chance on a comeback guy like Duchscherer or Sheets due to the fact that Cash has stated that he intends to stay with the budget that Hal and Hank have laid down. We have enough stable pitching to see us through to the All-Star break and we can make a move at the trading deadline if needed. Vazquez is an upgrade as well, the number of innings pitched over the last few seasons and his strikeout numbers are amoung the best in baseball. I don’t see that the Yankees seem to be to worried about anything at this point and if the season started today I would have to say they are the favorite to win the AL East and the American League Pennant again in 2010.

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