Yankees searching for arms

The Yankees are apparently not satisfied to go forward keeping Sergio Mitre as their fifth starter, not after the recent callup has surrendered 17 hits in 10 2/3 innings over his two starts for New York. While the Yankees have won both of Mitre’s starts, there may be better options available on the trade front, and general manager Brian Cashman is checking them out.

AOL Fanhouse reported Monday that the Yankees and Reds are in “serious discussions” about Bronson Arroyo, the former Red Sox right-hander, and that the Bombers have two scouts in Cincinnati who could be on hand for Arroyo’s scheduled start on Tuesday.

New York has also engaged the Mariners in discussions concerning Jarrod Washburn, a familiar target – the hurler was linked to the Yankees during the winter as well. The Yankees did scout Roy Halladay’s last start in Toronto but are still considered long shots to get involved in the bidding derby.

The Yankees have a void because Chien-Ming Wang is set to visit Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday and faces the prospect of season-ending shoulder surgery, and continue to monitor an innings limit on Joba Chamberlain. They have also been reluctant to extract starters Phil Hughes and Alfredo Aceves from the bullpen, where each has found success in helping the Yankees enter play Monday 22 games over .500 at 60-38.

Cashman said last week: “Offense is not an area right now at all that I’m focused on. We’ll continue to look at the pitching. The obvious injury to
Wang right now has hurt. Ian Kennedy’s aneurysm has hurt. The
transferring of Hughes and Aceves to the bullpen has taken away
immediate choices for the rotation. There is a depth issue that is

— Bryan Hoch


  1. teixeirarules12

    I think that Arroyo would stink for thae Yanks they need to go after good pitchers like Peavy or Cliff Lee even Ian Snell. The last I saw of Arroyo he was awful he belonged in the minors maybe he got alittle better but they should go for young arms that are good.

  2. derek_hall@fastermail.com

    A fatter wallet—-

    Still though it is getting late early and I hope they pick up Arroyo. You just simply CAN’T throw Igawa, the dog days are here. None of us need to see Igawa in the home stretch. Brian (I should have been fired 5 years ago) Cashman still longs for a situation where Igawa gives the Yanks a good stretch run, thus trying to vindicate himself from one of dumbest moves in recent baseball history (he also gets the 2nd, third and forth guy honors—-Brown, Weaver and a yet to be explained man-love situation with Brian Bruney).

    Get Arroyo NOW—-we all remember 2004, right? At the end of the day he is a .500 pitcher. Don’t screw Hughes up as he finally has found his niche. And Joba, let Joba be Joba. This inning count is BS and hopefully is just a ploy to get Joba to throw strikes. The kid is 23, granted has a violent delivery, but do we want to screw him up more than we already have?

    Swallow Arroyo’s contract or even John Garland—ANYTHING that keeps Igawa in Scranton and in Japan next year.

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