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MLB Trade Speculation: 3 Pitchers New York Yankees Can Acquire to Fix Rotation

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIAugust 18, 2011

MLB Trade Speculation: 3 Pitchers New York Yankees Can Acquire to Fix Rotation

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    The New York Yankees are having an amazing year thus far. 

    The Boston Red Sox were supposed to run away with the AL East this year, but the Yankees are right in the mix.

    However, the Yankees pitching rotation could use a little work. While C.C. Sabathia has been great this season, the rest of the rotation can be very spotty. 

    This rotation is loaded with potential, but "potential" is a very dangerous word in sports. Every player at the pro level has potential, but that doesn't mean they always live up to it (A.J. Burnett).

    While the Yankees didn't make any moves at the trade deadline, here are three pitchers the Yankees can still go after (on waivers) to fix their rotation. 

Wandy Rodriguez

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    The Yankees pursued Wandy before the trade deadline, but they may want to give him another shot. 

    His 8-9 record doesn't tell the entire story. Keep in mind he plays for the Astros (40-84) and not the Yankees, like Burnett. I believe that Wandy can give this Yankees roster a boost. 

    With a 3.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP, Wandy is definitely worth a second look. 

Ted Lilly

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    While the Dodgers don't shower pitchers with run support, Lily has still managed to pull off an impressive 1.21 WHIP. 

    His career WHIP is 1.26, so he's been doing it his entire career. 

    The one sticking point would be his current three-year, $33 million contract. While it's a contract the Yankees can certainly afford, they likely wouldn't want to take Lilly's full contract on considering his 35 years of age. 

    For this deal to work, the Angels would more likely than not have to eat some of Lilly's contract, or work out a favorable trade for both teams. 

Chris Capuano

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    This one is a stretch, but he gets wins. If you can go 9-11 with the New York Mets, you're doing something right. 

    He's only scheduled to make $1.5 million this year, so he would be a low-risk, high-reward move for the Yankees. 

    I don't see the Mets willingly offering to help the Yankees' pitching woes, but if they can work a trade out, stranger things have happened. 

Conclusion

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    While all of these pitchers aren't on the best teams, they all have potential individually. 

    I think the New York Yankees have a real chance of making it to and ultimately winning the World Series this year. 

    However, for this to happen, pitchers not named C.C. Sabathia need to step up.

    Ivan Nova, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and A.J. Burnett—these are the Yankees' other starting pitchers, and I'm not overly comfortable with any of them. 

    I love Nova and I think he will be Sabathia's No. 2 down the road, but is he there yet?

    Burnett's season this year speaks for itself—disaster. He's probably the most inconsistent player on the Yankees lineup. 

    Colon has good stuff and he's a lot more consistent than Burnett, but he can blow up at times. 

    I trust Garcia the most out of any pitcher mentioned, but he's currently injured.

    This team will go as far as their pitching takes them. They may not need the additions I previously mentioned to bolster their bullpen, but it couldn't hurt to take a look.  

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