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UPDATE: “no legs” to the Yankees-Justin Masterson rumor

Dec 11, 2013, 9:16 AM EST

UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that there are “no legs” to this. Sorry to hear about your legs, Justin Masterson. But you can live a full healthy life without them, I’m sure.

9:16 AMBob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Yankees are interested in Justin Masterson. Which makes sense, as the Yankees can use starting pitching and Masterson is a good starting pitcher.

As Nightengale notes, though, the best trade chit New York has at the moment is Brett Gardner, and the Indians don’t need a center fielder with Michael Bourn hanging around, so a three-team trade might make sense. Certainly one to watch over the next day or two. We learned yesterday that it’s fun to watch three-team trades develop.

But to be honest, I’m not sure why New York would be considerably better off trading Gardner for Masterson when there are so many starting pitchers available on the open market right now that would cost them nothing but money. Especially considering that Masterson is in his walk year. A Bartolo Colon reunion would be a useful, short-term thing for the Yankees, no?

  1. Old Gator - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Well, why not? Justin Masterson is an interesting person. In fact, he’s only a wee bit less interesting than he would be if he metabolised sulfur in a deep ocean vent.

  2. cur68 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    The Dugong back in pinstripes? Well, aside from the fact that stripes are slimming, there isn’t much upside to this one. The Dugong needs a big park. NYS is a hat box. Dog knows I’m all for The Empire saddling themselves with a pitcher likely to get knocked around, but I like The Dugong. He should sign in KC.

    • Old Gator - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      I was sitting along the railing at Alabama Jack’s on Monday with a colleague of mine who was visiting from the University of Shanghai, introducing her to Florida cuisine (in this case the estabishment’s perennially award winning conch fritters) and a couple of dugongs went up the waterway right next to the patio. They are things of beauty, like Jackie Gleason, Roseanne Barr and Chris Christie.

      • cur68 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Rob Ford USED to be a thing of beauty, too. Pity he wasted his looks on crack

  3. cackalackyank - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    I think it’s interesting that this would be a move for a starter through a trade before the Tanaka situation shakes out. I wonder if the NYY have a belief that Tanaka will not be posted after all. It could just be a healthy avoidance of “putting all the eggs in one basket”, by not waiting for Tanaka. I think a Colon reunion is a ways off yet, though. there a couple other guys that I think NYY would look at signing first. A trade of some kind really has to happen though. Its just a question whether its for starting pitching or a 2B/3B.

    • leylandshospicenurse - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      I think with the lower posting system bid, Tanaka could go for too much AAV. With the addition of Ellsbury, Bmac, Beltran, and a need for a 2B, 20MM pitcher could be over the luxury tax.

      • cackalackyank - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        The 189 goal is DOA. Even if A-rod is gone for the whole year they only have about 10-12 million left before they hit the magic number, and as you say they need a 2B, bullpen help AND a starter or two.

  4. nymets4ever - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Probably bc the Ellsbury signing made Gardner redunant/expendable. I still think Garza could be a good fit given his AL East experience, but if they aren’t willing to pay him, and could instead build a package around Gardner and Gary Sanchez (who’s also redunant/expendable bc of McCann) for Masterson, it’s worth considering. They’ll worry about paying Masterson next year.

  5. nymets05 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Screw the Yankees.Why not let them spend a king’s ransom and get an All-Star at every position.Then let’s declare them Champions and cancel the 2014 season.

    • anxovies - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      Now where’s the fun in that? We wouldn’t get to see the Mets stumble around like ne’er do well relatives at a family picnic. .

  6. kylecleric - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Yanks will have a very tough time making trades for decent players at this point. The only players with enough value that could pull a back-end starter are Gardner and Sanchez. Likely, they’d need a third team to move Gardner in order to get a good enough pitching prospect to pair with Sanchez in a trade.

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