According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, “[w]ith his everyday lineup for 2010 set, Cashman has turned attention to the rotation, and will almost certainly add a starter by New Year’s, according to a major league source.” The fact that Brian Cashman is looking for an additional starter is, of course, no surprise given the GM’s own recent admission. However, Puma does provide fans with a tangible deadline for such an addition, which is certainly new information.
Furthermore, while Puma outlines the usual suspects from this year’s current crop of free agents (e.g., Ben Sheets, Jason Marquis, Joel Pineiro), citing them as options for the Yankees, he first tosses another name into the ring as well, one that is only acquirable via trade. According to Puma, Brian Cashman “is believed to have inquired about Carlos Zambrano,” the fiery right-hander from the Chicago Cubs. However, adds Puma, the Cubs’ asking price for Zambrano was too high, which is why the Yankees will, instead, pursue one of the current free agents available this winter.… Click here to read the rest