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Duchscherer held private workouts for two AL clubs

Jan 19, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

Justin Duchscherer

Free agent right-hander Justin Duchscherer may be close to finding a new team.

The right-hander drew interest from the Yankees earlier this winter and, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, held private workouts with two other American League clubs last week.

Duchscherer tallied only 28 total innings last year for the A’s and sat out for all of 2009, but the 33-year-old still boasts a strong 3.13 career ERA and 1.14 career WHIP across seven major league seasons.

Also, he’s claiming to be fully healed from the hip surgery that cut short his 2010 campaign and he’s expected to be a full participant during spring training.

On a one-year contract with a low base salary and a couple million dollars in incentives, “The Duke of Hurl” would make a fine gamble for clubs in need of rotation depth.  There are many of those.

  1. phukyouk - Jan 19, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Is he in the best shape of his life?

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jan 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

      Isn’t everybody this time of year?!

      …except Sidney Ponson that is.

      • BC - Jan 20, 2011 at 10:27 AM

        And Bobby Jenks.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 19, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    I really, really, really, REALLY hope the Twins are in the mix for Duchscherer.

    The dude can be lights out when he’s healthy and the Twins rotation has two locks in Liriano and Pavano and a whole lot of white noise in Baker, Blackburn, Slowey, etc…

    I’d like to see ‘em bring him in now that they’ve passed on some of the other reclamation projects (ie: Brandon Webb/Chris Young/Jeff Francis) this offseason.

    • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM

      sorry but Liriano is NOT a lock by any means. and the Human ER would not be an Ace on most teams. dont get me wrong. the Twins seem to be able to get to the playoffs no matter what the disadvantage but i would not call those 2 “Locks”

      • ThatGuy - Jan 19, 2011 at 9:56 PM

        I could be wrong but I took that to mean Locks for the rotation. Who knows who will claim the other three spots.

      • phukyouk - Jan 19, 2011 at 10:17 PM

        yea i could be over reading it. personally i like Blackburn and Baker alot more.

      • Jeremiah Graves - Jan 20, 2011 at 9:16 AM

        Yeah, I was looking at them as locks for the rotation, not to imply that either is a legit, top-of-the-line ace.

        Although it’s hard to bag on Liriano after last year. Look at the numbers, he was one of the top three or four starters in the American League. He is–seemingly–all the way back from Tommy John Surgery now so there’s no reason to think he can’t perform at or near this level going forward, especially when you factor in how well he did with a .340 BABIP.

        http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=sta&lg=al&qual=150&type=8&season=2010&month=0&season1=2010

    • fuggles7 - Jan 20, 2011 at 10:04 AM

      I dunno… wasn’t Duensing pretty good after they plugged him in the rotation? He had a very impressive 10-3 record to go with a 2.62 ERA in 13 starts.

  3. apbaguy - Jan 20, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    I wonder if one of those two teams was the A’s. They still have a few bucks to spare.

  4. writtenbyross - Jan 20, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    These are the kind of players the Indians should be trying to bolster their team with. They won’t, but they should.

    Of course if they did and he turned out to do well they’d trade him for a A prospect to be named.

    • Panda Claus - Jan 20, 2011 at 10:49 AM

      All is not lost Ross, at least Hargrove’s back on board. His presence alone probably won’t offset Manny Acta ineptness, but it should help in time.

      My O’s have also been scouring the discount bin for another starter too, so I feel your pain.

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