The Yankees are in quite a predicament. Their budding star Phil Hughes could be lost for the season as a red flag was raised during the plethora of tests done this week. A circulatory problem could have been detected, but we will not know for sure until he visits a vascular specialist in St. Louis.
New York has a few options on the table. They can either sit with their fingers crossed in hope that Hughes will return at some time this season and be able to find his fastball, or they can be proactive and try to bring in another starter.
As much as Colon and Garcia have dazzled this season, banking on their service for an entire year seems a bit optimistic.
It is quite obvious that the starting pitcher market is quite bleak. The options that could be available are not the most tempting, and it wouldn't be surprising for Cashman to stick to his guns and not make a hasty decision. On the other hand, it wouldn't be too shocking to see the Yankees brass try to make something out of nothing.
With the resurgence of Russell Martin, the abundance of catchers in the farm system, Cashman has a chip that he could make a play with. That chip is Jesus Montero. With the right deal in front of him, or a desperate front office, Montero could be moved to bring in a fix for Hughes and his dead arm.