S.O.S.! Four starting pitchers down.
The New York Yankees NEED, I repeat NEED at least one GOOD pitcher to help them through the rest of the season.
General manager Brian Cashman has already made two small trades, acquiring Arizona Diamondbacks’ Brandon McCarthy and Oakland Athletics’ Jeff Francis. But these guys aren’t going to be the ones to save the Yankees. They need someone big, someone who the team can depend on.
Lefty Cliff Lee from the Philadelphia Phillies, might be that guy. It is rumored that the Phillies are trying to move him. He is signed through 2015 with at least $50 million left on his contract.
But here’s why they want to move him so bad: He’s been on the disabled list since May 18th with a left elbow injury. He complained of soreness in his left elbow after an 116-pitch start against the Cincinnati Reds in May.
He’s expected to start again on Monday, July 21st, which will give him only 2 starts to show off before the July 31st trade deadline.
So why would the Yankees spend all or most of the $50 million Lee is due, to get a guy who just got off the disabled list? First off, Cashman can negotiate this, easy. The added risk to getting a guy right off the DL may lead the Phillies to lower their asking price.
-What if Lee comes back better than before his injury?
-What if he’s the answer to the Yankees’ problems and is the new star in the rotation?
-What if he’s the best bargain Cashman could have ever made?
Then there are the negative “what ifs”:
-What if he’s worse than before his injury?
-What if the injury flares up again?
Before he went on the DL he was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA over 10 starts. He was never a bad pitcher, always consistent and on top of the game. At the beginning of last season (2013) with the Phillies, Lee was 10-3 with a 2.86 ERA.
Honestly, I think if it’s true that the Phillies are eager to get Lee off their roster so badly, it’s because they don’t believe he will be good to go again, and that he’ll just be extra baggage for them in the future. I hope Cashman realizes that (which I’m sure he has) and doesn’t buy into it because I think it will be a waste of money and a big disappointment to get Lee.
Yeah, he was good, but we don’t know what he’ll be like now after resting an elbow injury. And who’s to say it won’t flare up again? I think that’s the most important “what if”.
The Yankees can’t afford any more injuries on their roster! This whole injury prone season has been so frustrating to coaches, players and fans, that I just don’t see why Cashman would take the risk to get Lee.
Yes, the Yankees are desperate, but they aren’t stupid. At least I tell myself that to help me sleep at night. But only time will tell if Lee is going to be added to the Yankees roster.