Interesting tidbit of trade rumoring from Nick Cafardo today. Buried in a larger article of mostly Red Sox-ian topics, Cafardo included the Yankees in a group of teams who are reportedly “looking at” right-handed starters Jeff Samardzija and Clay Buchholz as we inch closer to next month’s trade deadline.
These are new names as far as the Yankees and their potential deadline targets are concerned. We’ve been hearing a lot more about Cueto, Leake, and Cole Hamels lately. But both Samardzija and Buchholz would be upgrades over the guys currently occupying the back end of the Yankee rotation. Samardzija has seemingly taken a step back this year (4.56 ERA, 123 hits, 19.0% K rate in 108.1 IP), but he’s still a workhorse and his velocity hasn’t dropped so presumably he’s healthy. Buchholz has actually been one of the best starters in the AL and the only full-time starter in the Boston rotation who’s been any good.
Samardzija is a true 2-month rental while Buchholz has a few team options years attached to him, so the asking prices could vary a little. Regardless, I don’t see the Yankees being willing to pay the prospect price it’s going to take to acquire either. There’s no incentive for either color of Sox to take a lesser prospect package, and even less for Boston to trade their best pitcher to their biggest rival. Continue reading Report: Yankees Among Several Teams “Looking At” Jeff Samardzija And Clay Buchholz