Buster Olney reported on ESPN’s SportsCenter that the Yankees could possibly look into trading for Oakland’s Justin Duchscherer in the first week of August when he returns from the DL.
Duchscherer’s contract expires at the end of this season, making him far easier to acquire than Roy Halladay.
Here’s a little background on Duchscherer from MLB.com’s Mychael Urban:
Duchscherer was an All-Star last season in his first full year as a starter, but he's also been an All-Star setup man. The stated plan has been to bring him back as a starter, yet Geren gave the club some wiggle room when asked if that remained the plan.
Last season was his first in the majors as a starter. He went 10-8 in 22 starts with a 2.54 ERA.
I would love to see Duchscherer as the Yankees fifth starter down the stretch. Surely, the Yankees would be keeping a lot more of their best prospects.