With the recent trade talk involving the Yankees going after the Twins' Francisco Liriano, who should the Yankees be going after instead?
While I think the Yankees acquiring Francisco Liriano would be a great benefit to the starting rotation, it is bound to come at a high price (Jesus Montero and several of the young Yankees pitching prospects) for a pitcher who will be either the number two or number three pitcher.
Even though Liriano is the best pitcher currently available in the trade market, there are others who are available that would cost less (in terms of money or prospects).
Why are the Yankees even bothering to get another pitcher? Don't they have a bunch of young prospects and former Major Leaguers they signed this offseason? Yes, but the Yankees always want to win and in order to do that you need a solid pitching rotation, not one with a solid number one pitcher followed by four question marks.
If they can shore up just one more rotation spot before the season starts, they'll feel better overall about their chances.
I came up with a list of seven players, some are targets the Yankees stand a better chance of acquiring, others are long shots that will have to wait till at least June to see if they're even available and two are still free agents.
Let's start with the free agents available because they wouldn't cost the Yankees any prospects and thus would cost the Yankees the least.