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The New York Yankees obviously need to upgrade their rotation.
After CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova, there are a bunch of average to below-average arms waiting to get penciled in. The market for starting pitchers is slim, and teams know that, so they'll try to take advantage of the Yankees.
But there are a few names out there that make sense.
Let me start by throwing out John Danks.
He has been rumored to be on the move, but reportedly, the White Sox asked for top prospect Jesus Montero and top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos.
That won't happen, so Danks will not be in pinstripes next season.
Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt are also off Cashman's list of possibilities.
Jackson has a lot of talent, but he has been mediocre throughout his career, and Cashman will not give out a multi-year deal for mediocrity.
Oswalt, on the other hand, has a serious back injury, and according to ESPN New York, the Yankees will not bid on him.
CJ Wilson is the next pitcher to cross off the list.
His contract demands are ridiculous, he is already 31 years old, he has only two years of experience as a starter, has control issues—oh, and he has a 4.82 ERA in his postseason career.
Mark Buehrle made a lot of sense, because he's a lefty, and because of his 3.59 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 2011, he shouldn't have been too expensive.
But that didn't end up the case, because the Miami Marlins, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals all reportedly offered him a deal for about $36-$39 million over three years.
While that may not be very expensive compared to Wilson, that's too much for me for a player who will only give you an ERA around 3.60.
Matt Garza is the next big-name pitcher that comes to mind who may be on the trade block. Garza posted a 3.32 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 198 innings pitched.
Garza is also only 28 years old, has two years left on his contract, and spent three years in the AL East as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Garza makes a lot of sense for the Yankees, and if Epstein is willing to deal him for a reasonable price, then Cashman should listen.
Gio Gonzalez is the best pitcher on the trade and free-agent market.
Gonzalez is under team control for four more years, is a lefty, is only 26 years old, has a career 8.59 K/9, has pitched 200+ innings the last two seasons, and has an excellent 3.17 ERA over the same period.
Gonzalez does have control issues, and would be expensive, but would instantly upgrade the Yankees' rotation.
The Red Sox are rumored to be interested in Gonzalez, but they don't have the prospects to outbid the Yankees.
Yu Darvish is the final name, and while he'll be expensive, due to both his posting fee and large contract, he may be worth it.
The 6'5" 25-year-old righty out of Japan has ace written all over him, but so did Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Darvish is a better pitcher than any that have come out of Japan, but it's a difficult transition to pitch in the majors. Not only are the batters better, but the mound and ball are different.
Darvish will not be posted until after the winter meetings, so Cashman cannot make this move just yet, but Darvish should be on his radar.