It is no secret that the New York Yankees were hoping that their 2011 starting rotation would include the names of Cliff Lee and Andy Pettitte.
Moving forward, the Yankees have to fill the fourth and fifth spots, at least temporarily, until they make a trade for a legit arm before the July All-Star break.
Of course, this is contingent on a few factors:
Who is available?
Will A.J. Burnett right himself back to being a viable starter again?
What players are the Yankees willing to part with midseason?
And the biggest factor of all: Is the team is winning or losing?
No one can know for certain, but rumors are flying around about which players the Yankee will dangle in front of other teams.
Unlike in the past, the Yankees have talent down on the farm—in particular, a trio of catching prospects led by Yankees top prospect Jesus Montero.
This is a nice cushion to have a if the rotation needs a boost, as my bet is the Yankees make a go at King Felix again.
Let’s look at 10 Yankee players rumored to be potential trade bait if the price is right.