Another day of no good news out of New York Yankees front office regarding signing a player who can help the team win in 2011.
Once again, Cashman continues confusing Yankee fans, as Duchscherer is a nightmare version of ace Zach Greinke.
Greinke was just on the auction block, but the Yankees didn’t feel Greinke could mentally handle the bright lights in the Bronx.
Greinke had suffered from depression and social anxiety disorder, which sidelined him in 2006 for the season. Returning to the majors in May of 2007, Greinke was demoted to the bullpen but made it back to the rotation in 2008. He won the Cy Young in 2009 and has been an ace with no real injury history to date.
So, for what feels like the billionth time this offseason, the Yankees passed on a player. Instead, the Milwaukee Brewers traded for Greinke and bettered themselves for 2011.
At the time, Cashman’s excuse for not going after Greinke seemed to make sense.
That is why this Duchscherer rumor is so off-putting, here is why:
Now 33 years old, Duchscherer’s first full season in the majors didn’t come until 2004 as a reliever for the Oakland A’s.
This happened the same year 25-year-old Greinke debuted as a starter for the Kansas City Royals.
Unlike Greinke, Duchscherer has had brief periods of major league success, both out of the bullpen and as a starter.
Duchscherer’s career year-by-year is a mess, and he was on the same team each season except for a 2001 stint with the Rangers. To make life easier, below is a timeline from his first full season to present; all with the Oakland A’s:
2004-2006: Pitched in relief all three-seasons, appeared in 171 games for a total of 236.5 innings and 195 strikeouts. Named to the 2005 All-Star Team.
2007: Placed on DL on May 14th with season-ending hip surgery. Continue reading ‘New York Yankees: How Does Justin Duchscherer Fit In The Bronx, He Doesn’t’ »