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Yanks Could Look at Duchscherer and Sheets To Round Out Rotation

Andrew WinnContributor IDecember 14, 2009

The Yankees could be looking to add either Duchscherer or Sheets to complete the Rotation. After missing out on Halladay and the signing of Lackey, the Yankees must respond to the Red Sox to fill their rotation.

The Yankees currently have C.C. Sabathia, A.J., and Andy Pettite as sure things. The Yankees have options with Surgio Mitre, and Chad Gaudin being tendered as well as Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes.

I would love to have Duchscherer and/or Sheets in the Yankees rotation. It would be smart to keep Joba as Mariano's successor and Hughes to be a set up man. The Yankees need strength in the bullpen after trading pitchers Phil Coke and Ian Kennedy in the Granderson Deal as well as Brian Bruney in a deal to the Nationals.

Duchscherer was an All-Star in 2008, and missed the 2009 season due clinical depression following rehab from operations on his hip and pitching elbow. In the 2008 season he went 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA, with 95 strikeouts and 34 walks in 22 starts. Duchscherer would do splendidly behind New York's powerhouse offense, if he got back to his 2008 self.

In 2008, Sheets went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 31 starts. He had 158 strike outs with 47 walks. The former ace of the Brew crew could find a new home in New York and could be just as successful as Duchscherer. Sheets is 25-14 in his last 2 seasons and could bring his expertise into New York's potentially great pitching staff.

With C.C., A.J., Pettite, Duchscherer, and Sheets, how can you not be successful? Not to mention the bullpen containing Mariano Rivera, Joba chamberlain, and Phil Hughes. The Yankees would have one of the best full pitching staffs in all of baseball. Perhaps another New York Dynasty?

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