New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Pitchers the Bombers Are Looking to Pick Up

Michael MagoulisCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2011

New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Pitchers the Bombers Are Looking to Pick Up

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    With the New York Yankees currently sitting in second place behind the Boston Red Sox, trade rumors are abundant regarding what the organization can do to move into first in the American League East.

    Most rumors are surrounding obtaining pitchers to bolster both the Yankees’ starting rotation and bullpen.

    With the disappointing season of Rafael Soriano in the bullpen and the fact that CC Sabathia and Bartolo Colon have essentially carried the starting rotation, the Yankees need some additional quality arms if they wish to contend.

    Although the Bombers easily have the wild card in hand as of this moment, finishing second in the AL East has never gone over well in New York.

    Let’s see who the Yankees could be adding to assist in their playoff hopes.

Left-Handed Pitching

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    Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the New York Yankees will be looking to add a left-handed reliever to their bullpen before the trade deadline, as Boone Logan is currently the only lefty in the pen.

    Tim Dierkes of seems to think that Mike Gonzalez of the Baltimore Orioles may be possible. Given the Orioles current position in the AL East, the organization is likely to consider letting go of anyone.

    Although Mike Gonzalez has a career ERA of 2.99 and a WHIP of 1.27, his 2011 has been rather disappointing thus far, compiling a 5.66 ERA with a 1.69 WHIP.

    Another name that has been surfacing is John Grabow of the Chicago Cubs according to the New York Post. Like Gonzalez, Grabow’s numbers are unimpressive this season with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.

    The Yankees would prefer, however, to add a more reliable arm like that of Oakland Athletics’ Gio Gonzalez, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

    Gonzalez is putting together a fantastic season, going 9-7 with a 2.67 ERA. At just 25 years old, the Athletics seem very uninterested in listening to offers at this point, however.

    With the Florida Marlins in last place in the NL East, Leo Nunez and Randy Choate could both be on their way out, according to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times.

    Choate would be a perfect fit for the Yankees and has put up great numbers this season. His ERA currently sits at 1.31 with a WHIP of 0.97. In 20.2 innings of work, Choate has accumulated 26 strikeouts and just 10 hits.

    Lastly, Luke Adams of writes that "Athletics lefty Craig Breslow is drawing interest from the Yankees and Red Sox." Breslow is putting together a solid season in Oakland with a 3.28 ERA, despite a high 1.54 WHIP.

Right-Handed Pitching

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    While the New York Yankees would prefer a left-handed reliever in the 'pen, it is also seems as though they’ll consider quality right-handed pitchers as well.

    It’s no surprise that former New York Yankee Tyler Clippard has been receiving a lot of attention, according to Luke Adams of Clippard currently has a 1.73 ERA and 0.84 WHIP pitching for the Washington Nationals this season. The 26-year-old started his career with the Yankees in 2007. Despite unimpressive numbers, Clippard has consistently improved since.

    Hiroki Kuroda has also been mentioned often. According to Buster Olney of, the righty would consider waiving his no-trade clause and “has not ruled any team out.”

    Currently, Kuroda boasts a 3.19 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 1.22 ERA.

    Much of the trade rumors this season have centered around Colorado Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez.

    According to Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post, the New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds seem to be the best matches.

    While the Rockies’ general manager Dan O’Dowd first claimed to require a “Herschel Walker-type deal,” recent trade speculation has been more reasonable.

    “The Yankees possess the pieces to get Ubaldo, but are in no hurry to part with catcher Jesus Montero and pitchers Dellin Betances and Manny Banuelos,” according to Renck.

    With the rotation looking rather unstable behind ace CC Sabathia, the Yankees are looking to add a solid No. 2 with Jimenez.