The NY Yankees are reportedly interested in Oakland Athletics pitcher Rich Harden.
If a deal does get done, the Athletics have expressed interest in Yankees pitchers Ian Kennedy, Jeffrey Marquez and Alan Horne.
I could see the Yankees trading for Harden, but not giving away such young talent like Kennedy.
The Yankees do need help in their pitching rotation. Mike Mussina is aging and was consistent last season, giving up too many runs and hits. Andy Pettitte, shows that he can still pitch consistently, but with all the off season distractions, anything can happen this season.
Possibly, the Yankees could work out another deal that could bring Harden here without giving up such talent like Kennedy or Phil Hughes.
The Yankees need to keep their young, talented players as they are a major part of this team and it will be the key to their success if they want to have a run at the post season, and possibly a 27th World Series Championship.
Harden over his career has a record of 31-18, with a ERA of 3.60. He also has 431 strikeouts since his MLB debut back in the 2003 season.
The 26-year-old right-handed pitcher would be a good addition to the Yankees starting rotation if the deal is right.