Writer’s Note: This is irresponsible. There is a very small chance of any of this happening. But, it’s December 27th and very little is likely to happen this week, so please, bear with me here.
For fun, I took a look at the list of potential free agents for 2013. Why? Well, we keep saying that if the Yankees don’t sign any pitching depth, they’ll be able to use that money to acquire a starter. Looking at the list of available pitchers, though, does not inspire much confidence.
There are some big names, like Zack Greinke, Matt Cain, and Cole Hamels, but I highly doubt either one of those three will be available in a trade. Other possibilities include Francisco Liriano and Brandon McCarthy, but the former is often injured and the latter is relatively unproven. There’s also Shaun Marcum, but the Brewers might still compete in the NL Central and there’s always the chance they extend him.
Like they have for most of the Hot Stove season, the future pickings look rather slim. Unless someone falls out of it or the price becomes right, there may not be much out there on the trade market like we’ve anticipated. Each day, it’s looking more and more likely that the Yankees are going to have to stick with the staff they’ve got going now. That’s not exactly confidence inspiring, but there are two sides to that coin. The league may catch up with Ivan Nova, but if his slider works like it did in the second half, he could easily improve. Freddy Garcia could live up (or down?) to his peripherals, but were his peripherals really that awful? Phil Hughes still has the talent to succeed. A.J. Burnett…well, yeah. The Yankees have enough depth and a good enough lineup/bullpen to make it to the deadline. What they do then is up in the air. Big time.