This all depends what substantial pitchers are available and at what it will cost the Yankees.
Some things Cashman will look for is a teams that have an surplus of starters, a need for a young catcher or one that by July is already out of contention for 2011.
The Yankees have been rumored to be interested in right-hander Edwin Jackson, but after researching this trade possibility, it is risky.
Why? Here are 4 No’s (+a bonus) about trading for Jackson:
1. Nor Gardner, No Way….
The outfield is not even the main issue, but Gardner’s speed is irreplaceable and is way to vital to even contemplate trading him anywhere.
There is no way GM Brian Cashman and the Steins are this stupid. Ideally, Montero for Danks would work out for both teams, at least as a Yankee fan this I could handle.
Imagine if the Yankees were to offer Derek Jeter to Ozzie, he would give us Danks, Sales, Bherele and Floyd…. kidding about Jeter cause I want him never to leave. Regarding Ozzie, for the Captain he might throw in some bats too.
1. AJ Burnett and his twin….
The Yankees have their hands filled with AJ Burnett mechanics this season, so acquiring his pitching twin is way too much chaos for one team to handle.
By no means am I undervaluing new pitching coach Larry Rothschild because he is one of the best, but it’s his first year with this team.
Remember that Burnett might not get fixed right away, but I have faith he will get there. Still, it could be just too much for on rotation to deal with Burnett squared.
When Jackson is on the mound it can resemble a walk-a-thon. Even with his recent drop in walks, which was staggering, it was the first time in Jackson’s career opposing teams didn’t looked as if they hosting a track meet on the base pads. From 2007-2009 Jackson walked 235 batters, which is so overwhelming that he has to prove himself unreliable, which can be decided in the first half of 2011.
Jackson’s career number of walks per innings is four per nine, sounds a little too Burnett-esque…YIKES!
3. Home Sweet Home….
Jackson debuted in September 2003 at age 19, and was one of the Los Angeles Dodgers most coveted prospects. He spent the next two seasons in Los Angeles, going back and forth between the minors and the majors.
Now 27, the White Sox is Jackson’s fifth team in eight seasons. He spent three seasons with the Rays, one with the Tigers and a half-season with the D-backs. That is a lot of moving around for such a youngster. Chicago seems to be a perfect fit and trading Jackson anywhere might be too much. Jackson has finally pitched like he can, but it was only for 11 starts and it would confuse anyone as to why no one wants to keep him, good or bad.