The New York Yankees could be in the market for starting pitching help at the trade deadline. With the news of Jordan Montgomery being lost to Tommy John surgery, they will need to find a replacement. Domingo German has been filling in for Montgomery and he has been struggling, posting a 0-4 record with a 5.32 ERA. with 53 strikeouts.
Here are five starting pitchers that you could see Brian Cashman go after to help bolster the rotation.
The four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion from the San Francisco Giants made his season debut June 5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went six innings, allowing eight hits and two runs while striking out three hitters.
“Mad Bum” missed the first two months of the season recovering from a broken left hand. Bumgarner would be a perfect fit in a Yankees’ rotation that only features one left handed starting pitcher in C.C. Sabathia.
It has not been a great start to the season for the Kansas City Royals pitcher. He is 3-6 with a 5.28 ERA and 64 strikeouts. New York would have to hope for the 2016 version of Duffy in which he went 12-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 188 K’s. He has averaged over 100 strikeouts each of the last four seasons with the Royals.
Duffy is a huge fan favorite in Kansas City and that would make it tough for Royals’ management to trade him. For the Yankees, it would be about putting together the right package.
The 2008 World Series MVP has spent the last four seasons with the Texas Rangers. This season Hamels is 3-6, has caught 79 swinging or looking, and has posted a 3.86 ERA. If the Rangers fall out of playoff contention, look for them to move Hamels and New York could be interested. Hamels would bring a championship pedigree as well as a southpaw presence to the starting rotation. Not to mention, he would be providing veteran leadership in the Yankees clubhouse.
The Tampa Bay Rays have resisted the idea of rebuilding. However, they are 14 games back from first place behind the Boston Red Sox and Yankees. With Archer turning 30 later this year and under contract for the next four years, the Rays might just consider moving their ace for a couple of good young players.
Currently on the disabled list with an abdominal strain, Archer has posted a 3-4 record with a 4.24 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 13 starts. Tampa Bay might not want to trade him inside the division to a team like the Yankees. However, the Yankees have the young players in their farm system that could entice general manager Erik Neander to pick up the phone.
Fulmer is highly decorated for a third year player as a former AL Rookie of the Year recipient as well as being named an All-Star last season. This season Fulmer is 2-5 with a 4.40 ERA and just 62 K’s. He is coming off a surgery in the off season to repair his nerves so he is working through his rust still.
Fulmer is only 25 years old and would be a good addition to the Yankees’ young starters like Luis Severino and Sonny Gray. New York would probably have to part with at least one or two top young prospects.
All five of the starting pitchers would be an upgrade in the Yankees’ rotation. Do not look for the Yankees to deal top prospects Estevan Florial or Justus Sheffield to land a starter unless they are given a young pitcher with a lengthy contract like Fulmer or Archer. Adding a pitcher is imperative to keeping pace with the likes of Boston, the Houston Astros, and other elite teams in the league.