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Last Friday, I mused on the possible acquisition of Dan Haren. There are numerous reasons why Haren doesn’t make sense for the Yankees, but I did come to the conclusion that, at it’s core, the idea of acquiring another starting pitcher is sound. Most notably, adding another starting pitcher would move Phil Hughes from the rotation to the bullpen, improving the team in two ways, by upgrading a starting pitcher and adding a possible high upside reliever. And as I also mentioned on Friday, the Yankees need to make every upgrade they can for September, even if it’s minor on the surface.
But very rarely will an organization find a top of the rotation starting pitcher available during August. The waiver trade deadline on August 31st is usually reserved for salary dumps and lottery tickets. While Dan Haren is less of a gamble than most pitchers currently available, he has far from any upside in the AL East, even if you believe that his last month and a half of production outweighs his first three months.…