For the first time in just about as long as you can remember, the Yankees went all in on a player in the offseason and came up empty.
To make matters worse, after Cliff Lee headed to Philadelphia to be part of a historically good rotation, Andy Pettitte decided to call it quits, leaving the Bronx Bombers with gaping holes in their rotation and no contingency plans.
They scrambled, taking fliers on former stars Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon, but with all due respect to both of them — and their sub-3.00 ERAs — just about everybody is expecting a Brian Cashman summer blockbuster.
So, who will be heading to the Bronx? It largely depends on which over-leveraged team needs to embark on a fire sale. If the Cardinals, White Sox or Rangers aren’t where they want to be come the All-Star break, Chris Carpenter, Mark Buehrle or C.J. Wilson may not be untouchable. If the Phillies decide that they need a bat, then Roy Oswalt may just be their trade bait.
None of those prizes, however, is the equal of Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. Few expect King Felix to linger in Seattle for the long-term, but could the Yankees lure him to New York so quickly?
Which starting pitcher are Yankees most likely to acquire at this year’s trade deadline? Leave your thoughts below.
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